Aid Scheme for Potato and Vegetable Crops damaged by Frost (Jan 2010)
Aid will be paid on a once-off basis to eligible potato and vegetable growers who can demonstrate they incurred substantial losses due to frost damage in January 2010. The Scheme will provide a limited and targeted financial contribution to certain potato and vegetable growers who suffered significant losses of produce due to frost damage. This scheme is paid in accordance with the Agriculture Block Exemption Regulation (EC) No. 1857/2006 on the application of Articles 87 and 88 of the Treaty to State aid to small and medium-sized enterprises active in the production of agricultural products, Article 2.8 requires the frost damage to have destroyed more than 30% of the average of annual production.
Growers who wish to be considered for financial assistance will be required to complete a "Crop Damage Assessment Form (doc 93Kb) ". Eligibility for assistance will be determined by an analysis on a case-by-case basis of the information provided by the grower. The objective of the analysis is to establish not only the losses but also the impact of such losses on the grower's overall enterprise. Eligible growers will be required to demonstrate that the potatoes and vegetables were damaged by frost and the extent of that damage.
Scope of the Scheme
The scheme will apply to those primary producers in the potato and vegetable sector. i.e. potatoes, carrots, swedes, cabbages, broccoli, cauliflowers, celery, Brussels sprouts, leeks, lettuce, onions and herbs.
State Aid Rules
This scheme is paid in accordance with the Agriculture Block Exemption Regulation (EC) No. 1857/2006 on the application of Articles 87 and 88 of the Treaty to State aid to small and medium-sized enterprises active in the production of agricultural products. Aid will not be paid until the European Commission has deemed the Scheme compatible with the common market.
The maximum aid intensity will be 80% (and 90% in less favoured areas) in accordance with Article 11.6 of the Agriculture Block Exemption Regulation (EC) No 1857/2006. Article 11.8 of the Regulation states the maximum aid intensity will be reduced by 50% in cases where farmers have not taken out insurance.
Download the Crop Damage Assessment Form (doc 93Kb) .