THE EUROPEAN COMMISION HAS ANNOUNCED THIS LAST MONDAY THAT THEY WILL AID WITH 125 MILLION EUROS TO PROVIDE SUPPORT TO WITHDRAW AND DISTRIBUTE FREE OF CHARGE THE SURPLUS VOLUMES OF PERISHABLE FRUIT & VEGETABLES TO PROVIDE RELIEF TO THE SECTOR FOLLOWING THE RUSSIAN IMPORT BAN
The plan announced this Monday will be targeted towards carrots, Tomatoes, white cabbage, peppers , cauliflower, cucumbers, pickles, mushrooms, apples, pears, red fruits, grapes and kiwis.
The Commission official has justified their support to the food producers for being “perishable produce” being “no option of storage for the majority of the products”, and after the Russian ban there is no immediate alternative market available.
The European Commission will compensate with 125 million Euros to support the exceptional measures taken. This financial assistance will cover from the retrospective date of August 18 to the end of November to ease the losses of the European fresh produce production. This countermeasure will include the distribution free of charge of the surplus but many of the products will be destroyed or harvested before ripeness.
Brussels has also added that the Russian ban is starting to hurt in some industries. The Commission official has also added that for many farmers and exporters the ban has been a shock and that not all those affected will be able to find an alternative market. “Considering the situation in the sector after the Russian restrictions to agricultural imports from the EU, emergency measures will be taken with immediate effect under the Common Agricultural Policy stated the European Commissioner, Dacian Ciolos.
Furthermore, Ciolos announced that the plan “will reduce the surplus of certain amount of perishable fruits & vegetables from the European market by the time the pressure on the prices crush the sector for being too high within the next few months”.