Bitola, 31 July 2019 (MIA) – Farmers will receive 200 million denars in fuel subsidies through the government’s Direct Payment Program, which will benefit 55,000 growers of fruit and vegetables as well as winegrowers, according to Prime Minister Zoran Zaev.
The agricultural subsidiary program will initially cover 30 percent of farmers’ fuel costs, with the possibility of it reaching up to 50 percent, PM Zaev said during a visit to the village of Kravari near Bitola, where he launched the program together with Agriculture Minister Trajan Dimkovski.
“Farmers have been requesting cheaper oil,” Zaev said, “for over ten years.”
According to him, by aiding the costs that ensue with farming, these subsidies will promote development by boosting production and creating new value.
Only Euro diesel will be subsidized, Zaev added. Funding will depend on the crops and the number of hectares planted.
“We continue listening to farmers,” Zaev said, “when they say what conditions they need the government to create so they can run profitable and competitive businesses – by earning more, increasing local food production, and exporting more quality Macedonian agricultural goods.”
“At the same time,” Agriculture Minister Dimkovski said, we’re aligning with the EU’s agricultural policy.”/mr