The number of applications for aid from the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) has increased this year, according to the Institute for Financing Agriculture and Fisheries (IFAP), which shows that this number has been increasing in recent years.
In 2017, 181,267 applications were submitted; in 2018, 183,231 farmers applied and in 2019 the number of applications increased to 183,649.
CAP support amounts to some EUR 890 million per year: the EAGGF component amounts to EUR 594 million per year; the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD), the amounts paid amount to around EUR 297 million per year and are co-financed by the national budget.
This support is intended to compensate European farmers for specific disadvantages vis-à-vis their competitors on the world market, taking into account the high standards of food safety and production sustainability. They also aim to contribute to the increase of costs assumed by farmers, in relation to the provision of environmental services and the production of public goods of collective interest.
The high level of adherence to these supports demonstrates their importance as a counterpart to support the activities carried out and the growth in the number of applications is another element that reveals the growth dynamics of the sector, which continues to register increasing levels of activity, corresponding to significant economic indicators. This is the case of exports, whose estimated growth in 2018 points to a rate of more than 4%.