How best to help young and small farmers 


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Young farmers

To attract younger people into farming, MEPs insisted on a mandatory EU-wide scheme. Farmers under 40 years old would be eligible for an additional 25% payment for a minimum of 25 and maximum of 90 hectares (single maximum limit to be set by a member state).

Member states would have to use up to 2% of their national direct payments budgets to fund the support scheme for young farmers.

Small farmers

Member states would be free to decide whether to set up a support scheme for small farmers too. Farmers who qualify could then receive additional support of at least €500 and at most €1,250 (or €200 – 500 in the case of Croatia, Cyprus and Slovenia and €50 - 500 in that of Malta).