Posts tagged as farmers

Farmers say pupils should get local food in meal packages

Wednesday, December 16, 2020

“Farmers Saeima” association representative Juris Lazdiņš told Latvian Television December 16 that food packages distributed to pupils during state of emergency should consist of local products. Currently, pupils who are forced to learn remotely and also those at schools receive packed meals from municipalities. Lazdiņš said that the content of food packages is currently very different from school to school. “There are both well-composed packages and not so great, but we…

Ministries discuss EU field-to-table strategy in Latvia

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

The Ministry of Agriculture (ZM) and the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development (VARAM) have different views on the European Union’s (EU) strategy “from field to table”, Latvian Radio reported September 15. The European Union’s field-to-table strategy aims to reduce the use of chemical plant protection products by 50% by 2030, as well as a 20% reduction in fertilizers. The Ministry of Agriculture considers that the targets for reducing the…

How Lithuanian farmers help preserve endangered bird

Thursday, July 30, 2020

Lithuania is at the forefront of efforts to preserve an endangered bird species, the aquatic warbler. A government programme pays farmers to delay works in the fields, allowing the birds – whose population is smaller than that of the endangered African bush elephant – to breed. Lessons from the past Alfonsas Stankus, who has been raising livestock near Šilutė, a western Lithuanian town, for the past 30 years, is one…

Lithuania secures bounty for its farmers as EU leaders seal budget deal

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

EU leaders on Tuesday struck a deal on an economic recovery plan and the bloc’s next long-term budget after four days of intense negotiations. The deal that will see the EU issue 750 billion euros of joint debt to help member states hit by the coronavirus pandemic marks a historic step towards a deeper fiscal integration in Europe. EU leaders also approved the bloc’s 2021-2027 budget worth over 1.8 trillion…

Lithuanian farmers may face EU sanctions over polluting vehicles

Monday, March 2, 2020

Lithuanian farmers will have to pay pollution tax on tractors and other farming vehicles, according to Lithuanian Agriculture Minister Andrius Palionis. Lithuania already failed to introduce the tax in 2007 after a three-year transitional period expired, he said, adding that failure to do snow would lead to EU fines. “The [agriculture] ministry calculated in December that Lithuania would face sanctions worth 34 million euros,” the Palionis told the parliamentary Committee…

Lithuania in EU budget talks: Ignalina NPP, farmers and depopulation in focus

Thursday, February 20, 2020

As Lithuanian president heads for budget talks in Brussels, farmers from the three Baltic countries are set to protest outside the European Parliament. Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda arrived in Brussels on Thursday for EU budget talks that will determine the bloc’s finances for the next seven years. In addition to agricultural payments, Nausėda will focus on three other areas in the talks: the so-called Cohesion support aimed at helping poorer…

Lithuanian farmers protest in Brussels for ‘equal’ treatment

Thursday, December 12, 2019

Lithuanian farmers will gather in Brussels on Thursday to protest direct payments that are 32 percent below the EU average. Currently, Lithuanian farmers receive 181 euros in payments for one hectare of land, compared to the EU average of 266 euros. Under the existing proposal, they would drop in the first year, but would rise to 204 euros by the end of 2027. “There should be no such criteria like…

Diesel fuel tax exemption for farmers will stay, Lithuanian agrimin says

Friday, September 20, 2019

The Lithuanian government will not cancel the existing diesel fuel tax exemption for farmers, the country’s Agriculture Minister Andrius Palionis says. In his words, additional funds could be saved not by cutting the exemption but by amending the rules for awarding it. “The ministry’s position, and the government’s position, is not to take the path of cutting the tax exemption, but we want to upgrade those all cards technologically as…

Equal treatment of farmers would benefit economy and promote solidarity – Levits

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

On September 17, Latvian President Egils Levits met with Chair of the Saeima Economic, Agricultural, Environmental and Regional Policy Committee, Janis Vitenbergs, at the Riga Castle, LETA learned from the President’s Chancellery. During the meeting, President Levits and Chair Vitenbergs discussed solutions to problems in the construction sector and agreed that an industry-wide audit and bigger clarity is needed. Ministry of Economics, Competition Board, Procurement Monitoring Bureau and Corruption Prevention…

US farmers hope Trump delivers on trade deal with Japan

Thursday, September 5, 2019

American farmers have not only endured retaliatory tariffs from China and other nations, they’ve watched as most of their top foreign competitors used free trade agreements to make inroads into Japan, a historically protectionist market with nearly 127 million consumers. Now they’re wondering if the coming U.S.-Japan trade deal that President Donald Trump is showcasing will be as strong for farmers as the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which was negotiated under President…