PAC Aid for Farmers: Common Agricultural Policy

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If you are the owner and worker of the field, surely you know several subsidies for farmers among which are the CAP aids (common agrarian policy). These grants were born in the 50s, after the Second World War, with the aim of supplying people with food at affordable prices and at the same time guaranteeing an adequate standard of living for the agricultural population.

From the 50s to the present, PAC grants have evolved and now have some purposes more focused on sustainability and the environment, but without forgetting the beneficiaries, the agricultural population.

Let us analyze in more detail what the CAP is, who its beneficiaries are and how are the subsidies that can be obtained.

What is the CAP – Common Agricultural Policy?

As the European Council website includes, the common agricultural policy (CAP) was created
in 1962 and its objectives are:

  • Provide affordable and safe food to citizens of the European Union
  • guarantee an equitable standard of living for farmers
  • conserve natural resources and respect the environment

The CAP helps farmers who want to reforest part of their agricultural land for the benefit of biodiversity. Specifically, the CAP is a set of laws adopted by the EU to constitute a common and unified policy on agriculture.

It is a dynamic policy that evolves constantly to adapt to the real needs of both the field and the environment itself. The CAP is structured in three lines of intervention:

  • Direct aids
  • Market measures
  • Rural development

All of them materialize in the form of CAP grants and concrete economic aid that have as their objectives different objectives such as that farmers receive aid to maintain their crops with guarantees, national or international marketing measures, or aspects related to modernizing, energizing and improving Agricultural infrastructure in all countries of the European Union.

All this organized through economic benefits subject to calls and regulated, for the most part, by European legislation.

Who are the beneficiaries of the CAP?

PAC beneficiaries are primarily the agricultural population. From small farmers to companies linked to the agricultural sector. In order to favor that the CAP grants are carried out on equal terms for all possible beneficiaries, there is the Spanish Agricultural Guarantee Fund.

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The purpose of this organism is to verify that the aid reaches the population will benefit, in the time and manner that the call marks.

FEGA's main mission is to ensure that the EAGF funds (European Agricultural Fund for Agricultural Guarantee) and EAFRD (European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development) derived from the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) allocated to Spain, are strictly applied to achieve objectives of this policy, effectively reaching the beneficiaries who meet the requirements established for granting them, within the deadlines established in the regulatory regulations, promoting a homogeneous application of CAP assistance throughout the State territory, avoiding thus the fraud and minimizing the risks of financial corrections derived from an incorrect management of said Funds.

To guarantee that transparency, the aid granted
within the CAP they are made public through the FEGA website.

How can I request aid?

PAC agricultural aids they are granted through the autonomous communities. That is why to know in a concrete way to which we can accommodate, it is best to access the government website of each community or address the delegation of agriculture and livestock in your city.

Many of the procedures must be done online, so our recommendation is that if you have any questions, you can contact the information service through the phones enabled by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food.

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