The European Commission (EC) conclusively approved the 2014-2020 Rural Development Programme. The total budget of the programme is 2.9 billion euros, 2.3 billion of which come from European funds. The support for the agricultural business in Bulgaria during the new programme period will be almost 1.111 billion euros.
A total of 112 thousand farmers have applied for funding in the 2015 Campaign, until May 29th, when was the end date of the extended period for submitting applications without penalties.
State Fund "Agriculture" paid 949 million BGN to 94,000 applicants under the Single Area Payment Scheme. The financial package is distributed for 3845 735.44 hectares, for which assistance was applied for. The subsidy per hectare is 270.51 BGN.
Productive investments for near 6 million leva financed the State fund Agriculture under measure 2.1 „Productive investments in aquaculture” under the Operational Programme for the Development of the Fisheries Sector 2007-2013. The projects are for construction and reconstruction of fishing farms.
The Managing Board of State Fund Agriculture dismissed the Executive Director of State Fund Agriculture PhD Lozana Vasileva and unanimously voted the position to be taken by Rumen Porozhanov. The MB voted on PhD Lozana Vasileva and Atanas Dobrev becoming Deputy Executive Directors of SFA. Atidzhe Alieva –Veli and Zhivko Zhivkov retained their positions. At its meeting, the MB dismissed Ivanka Bagdatova - Mizova from the position Deputy Executive Director of SFA.
From April 1 to May 15, milk producers and traders must submit their annual declarations on direct sales and purchases made in quota year 2013/2014. After May 15, State Fund Agriculture (SFA) will impose a sanction for each day of delay.