Farmers are to receive aid to ensure supplies.

20-03-2020Francesca Marí

The regional agriculture, fisheries and food ministry has announced a 1.85 million euros package to boost the primary sector because of the coronavirus crisis. The minister, Mae de la Concha, said on Thursday that a series of measures will continue until the end of June, farmers having been negatively affected by the closure of hotels, bars and restaurants.

Livestock farmers are to receive 400,000 euros. There are 250,000 euros for dairy farmers and 600,000 euros for fruit and vegetable growers. The ministry says that the state of alert in Spain has altered the situation in the primary sector, stressing that it is necessary to prop it up in order to maintain supplies to the public.

Fishing has been affected because of a fall in demand and in prices, and so the ministry is allocating 400,000 euros to maintain the Palma fish market, La Llotja, and to provide liquidity to fishermen so that they can continue to work.

De la Concha added that the primary sector in the Balearics has never been more valued than it is right now. She thanked initiatives that farmers have taken in delivering local produce to people's homes and in supplying tractors to be used by town halls in disinfecting streets.

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Palmadave / Hace 10 days

Maybe you should look to the EU. I have yet to hear of any EU 'all for one and one for all financial assistance' being offered. Perhaps protectionism is acceptable at the moment? This is not a dig at you. I sincerely hope that help is given to ALL businesses including the self employed.

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Allison Holland / Hace 10 days

What about assistance for all the seasonal business owners across the Balearics? Th UK are helping self employed up to 80% of their income up to £2500 per month. Seasonal businesses here, who close during the Winter months, cannot claim anything, except, one month autonomous payment? Our businesses are closed, we cannot claim on insurance, there are no tourists coming, probably no season to speak of, so how are we meant to carry on paying everything? Please sign the petition https://www.petitionglobal.com/en/petitions/financial-assistance-for-seasonal-businesses-in-mallorca

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