The Andalusian Council of Agriculture, Fisheries and Rural Development has published the list of the 233 beneficiaries of aid for the modernization of greenhouses, who will receive a total of more than 14.2 million Euro. This figure will serve to meet all valid applications.
The grants, which are given in the framework of the Andalusian Rural Development Program (PDR) 2014-2020, will be distributed between the provinces of Almería (12.8 million Euro), Granada (1.4 million Euro) and Cádiz (26,650 Euro). 63.5% of the producers who will receive this aid are men (148), 22.7% are women (53) and another 13.7% are entities (32).
According to a statement from the Council, this public funding is partly covered by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (Feader), Spain's General State Administration and the Government of Andalusia.
Regarding the amount received by each beneficiary, the incentives can cover up to 50% of the investments made to modernize greenhouse farms; a percentage that can be increased by 20% if, for example, young producers or collective investments are involved.
In any case, the maximum amount of subsidy per farm amounts to 120,000 Euro if used for the modernization of machinery and equipment, and 200,000 Euro if the money is used for the construction of new greenhouses.
The goal is to improve the performance of Andalusian greenhouse farms and optimize their energy efficiency. Another objective is to replace the greenhouses that have already exceeded their useful life, which can oscillate between 10 and 15 years, depending on the type of greenhouse and the cultivation area.
With this same goal, the Coucil of Agriculture has also launched the Renove Plan for Greenhouses, whose total budget amounts to 100 million Euro up until 2020. Currently, it is still possible to apply for the first stage of this program, with the deadline set on 28 January.
Source: Europa Press