Subsidies for veto-hit vegetable growers

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Sharon and Nikki McCutcheon
PEPPERS: Hit by Russian embargo

ALMERIA fruit and vegetable growers affected by the veto on Russian exports can again apply for European Union compensation.
Approximately 11,300 tons of Andalucia produce were affected during the first six months of this year although this could increase when the final figures are in. They now have until July 31 to apply for aid, announced the regional government’s department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Rural Development.
Spain’s EU compensation for lost exports covers 300 tons of apples and pears, 16,650 tons of vegetables and 15,775 tons of citrus fruit.
Produce that has to be taken off the market owing to the Russian embargo is either processed for animal feed, allowed to biodegrade or donated to charity. So far this year more than 3,600 tons of fruit and vegetables worth a potential €2 million have been distributed free.

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