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Two new schemes to compensate farmers after wildfires

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Compensation will be made available for the restoration/replacement of perennial crops, irrigation systems and machinery

The government on Tuesday announced two schemes to compensate farmers in Limassol district for damage to their property and crops during the fires that raged this August and September.

Both schemes will be implemented by the department of agriculture.

The first scheme provides eligible farmers compensation for expenses they incurred as a result of damage to their output and their means of production. Those eligible to apply are farmers whose cultivations are registered with the Agricultural Payments Organisation and who have filed a crop declaration.

Greenhouses, as well as infrastructures related to beekeeping, poultry farming and rabbit farming, are not eligible for compensation. Also ineligible are unlicensed farms and warehouses.

Compensation will be made available for the restoration/replacement of perennial crops, irrigation systems and machinery.

The compensation will cover up to 80 per cent of the expenses incurred by farmers in repairing the damage.

The second scheme concerns financial support to restore the rural environment damaged by the fires of August and September.

Those eligible to apply are farmers who cannot apply for the first scheme.

The ministry of agriculture clarified that a farmer may apply for one or the other scheme, not both.

For more information, farmers can call 25803927 or 25803912.

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