During the European book year almost 70 million Euro CAP subsidy was paid to growers associations. This according to figures from the Ministry of Economic Affairs. Most of the subsidy went to Coforta. In second place was FresQ.
The European book year runs from 16 October 2011 to 15 October 2012 inclusive, but for the sake of clarity, payments made during the last quarter of 2011 are added to the figures for 2012 and presented as made in 2012.
FresQ did not receive any payments after 14 July as the growers association had been suspended. Also to ZON (Cooperative growers association Southeast Netherlands) payments were stopped because of a suspension. This has been reversed in the meantime.
Summary of CAP payments for book year 2012
The growers associations received less money than in 2011. This is amongst others the result of the suspensions of the growers associations with the result that payments were suspended. Also less was invested by producers organisations because of the economic crisis and a number of refunds were instituted. Together this led to less assistance.
In total, considerably less was paid to horticulture following market measures than in 2011. This is because in 2011 more than 25 million Euro was paid as a result of the EHEC-crisis. Also in 2012 payments were still made for this.