The package has added to earlier measures to increase the availability of fodder resources for livestock, including an extension of the previously adopted derogation to cut and graze fallow land to France.
The European Commission has announced a list of practical support to provide relief for farmers following months of extreme heat.
The package has added to earlier measures announced this month to increase the availability of fodder resources for livestock, including an extension of the previously adopted derogation to cut and graze fallow land to France.
Commissioner for Agriculture Phil Hogan said he was in contact with ministers from affected Member States and the group was ‘assessing the adequacy of the actions already in place’.
He said: “The Commission reacted swiftly to the first signals of these extreme climatic events and I keep following the situation closely.
“We are today taking additional action which I believe should provide relief to European farmers against the shortage of feed for animals.
“I welcome the recent announcements by several Member States ready to act for their agricultural sector, and I will continue working with them to ensure they use to the full extent the possibilities available, most notably within the Common Agricultural Policy.”
The new derogations include the possibility to: consider winter crops if intended for grazing or fodder production; sow catch crops as pure crops if intended for grazing or fodder production; and shorten the eight-week minimum period for catch crops.
It followed the formal presentation of the proposal on higher advanced payments which announced farmers would be able to receive up to 70 per cent of their direct payment and 85 per cent of payments under rural development already as of mid-October this year.
The proposals should be voted in the coming days and formally adopted by the end of September.