The Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries of the Government of the Canary Islands has paid the 5.6 million euros corresponding to aid for traditional winter tomato producers for the 2022 campaign, from which 93 farmers on the islands have benefited.
The funds, included in the Community Support Programme for Agricultural Production in the Canary Islands (POSEI), include aid per hectare amounting to 5.3 million euros, as well as aid for conversion amounting to 302,000 euros, which is increased, with a maximum unit amount rising from 14,000 euros in 2022 to 24,000 euros in 2023.
The new feature of this aid, according to the Canary Islands Government, is that it will be paid out five years after the conversion, rather than three.
For this subsidy, a supplementary aid of 10 percent of the amounts corresponding to the beneficiaries who have received the corresponding aid for the installation of young farmers of the Rural Development Programme (Submeasure 6.1 of the RDP 2014-2020) in the current campaign or in any of the four previous ones and who maintain this condition in the current campaign 2023 will be paid.
Finally, the regional minister for Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, Alicia Vanoostende, pointed out that the Canary Islands government’s commitment to diversifying the sector “has materialised mainly in the improvement of subsidies and the number of campaigns, providing more guarantees from an economic point of view and facilitating a greater number of applicants”.
She added that the aim is to “support the sector, strengthen its competitiveness and favour an increase in the income of the islands’ producers”.