TALLINN – While the pending increase in direct subsidies for Estonian farmers is welcome, the subsidies will grow to 80 percent of the EU average and that ratio could have been higher still, Roomet Sormus, head of the Estonian Chamber of Agriculture and Commerce, told Postimees.
For the EU's next seven-year budget period 1.35 billion euros has been earmarked in direct support for Estonian farmers, 35 percent more than for the current period. In addition, 638 million euros will be added in support for rural life under the long-term budget and 64 million euros und...
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