Improvement projects are subsidized funding programs from the European Union for the development of the rural economy and the competitiveness of the modern farmer who will want to implement original and sustainable business plans, ie equipment, tractors, tools, etc. It is a supportive action for the final product which it produces, which gives it a competitive advantage in terms of the quantities produced but mainly in the quality of the products it produces. This program is Measure 121: “Modernization of farms” The aim of the measure is to modernize farms and improve their overall performance, through better use of factors of production including the introduction of new technologies – innovations, with a view to turning to quality, organic products and diversification of exploitation in areas such as non-food and energy crops and improving the status of agricultural holdings in terms of environment, occupational safety, hygiene and animal welfare.
The following can submit an application, with the respective supporting documents:
– An agricultural holding owned by a natural farmer.
Co-located agricultural holding owned by a natural farmer.
– An agricultural holding owned by a natural young farmer.
Co-located agricultural holding owned by a natural young farmer.
– Agricultural holding owned by a legal entity.
Agricultural holding of cooperation of a newly established legal entity.
Investments that can be financed by Measure 121 include:
– Investments in compliance with Community standards (eg modernization of existing stables), which may aim at either the hygiene and welfare of animals in the livestock sector, or the supply of a new spraying machine in accordance with European Standard EN 12761, in the field of crop production.
Agricultural exploitation of cooperation under the establishment of a legal entity.
-Simple replacement investments, ie the investment which simply replaces an existing agricultural building or construction or machine or equipment or parts thereof, by a new agricultural building or construction or machine or equipment or parts thereof without increasing production capacity by at least 25% or without substantially changing the nature of production or related technology.
These concern the following areas:
– Stables – beekeeping facilities, vertical production facilities, warehouses – storage areas and greenhouses
Costs of purchasing, transporting and installing new mechanical and other equipment, including computer software (eg tractors).
Costs of purchasing, transporting and installing new equipment for irrigation water saving systems.
This category includes:
a) modern, new low and medium pressure irrigation systems (operating pressure recommended by the manufacturer is not higher than 5 bar),
b) irrigation water tanks and
c) irrigation water transfer facilities through closed pipes.
Costs of purchasing, transporting and installing new equipment for the utilization of renewable energy sources [RES] in order to cover the needs of the exploitation, including the relevant constructions.
– Costs of purchasing transport and installation of perennial plantations (eg dense olive planting).
– Expenses for the purchase of a new beekeeping and floriculture car.
(a) the table of summary details of the aid application;
b) the Responsible Declaration of article 8 of law 1599/1986,
(c) the documentation for the eligibility of the aid application;
d) the investment Improvement Plan,
(e) the scorecard for the aid application, and
(f) the supporting documents and tenders (invoices) of the aid application.
The aid application may include additional information which, at the discretion of the potential beneficiary and / or the author, facilitates its assessment.
Improvement Investment Plan Specifications
1. The Improvement Investment Plan includes in the following order:
(a) the details of the potential beneficiary;
b) the brief description of the investment Improvement Plan,
c) the detailed description of the requested investments of the investment Improvement Plan,
d) the problems to be solved for the implementation of the Investment Improvement Plan and for the legal operation of the exploitation of the potential beneficiary;
(e) the standard financial statement, and
e) the standard tables of the investment Improvement Plan.
2. The details of the potential beneficiary include:
a) Identity of the potential beneficiary: In the case of a natural person, a short CV is mentioned. In the case of an existing legal entity, the details and the history of its establishment are mentioned, as well as a short biography of at least 75% of the shareholders / shareholders. In the case of a legal entity under establishment, the information that the legal entity will receive after its establishment is indicated,as well as a short biography of at least 75% of the shareholders / shareholders. In the case of co-operated agricultural holdings, in addition to the CV of the potential beneficiary, the identity details (name, surname, etc.) of the other breeders as well as their relationship with the potential beneficiary are mentioned.
b) Identity of the potential beneficiary holding: A brief description of the holding regarding: i) the history of its creation, ii) its current situation (year of inventory), iii) the management of its livestock in the current situation, and iv the Community standards which must comply with its existing size with documentation of the relevant adjustment. In the case of co-operated agricultural holdings,the description concerns all the holdings with special emphasis on the exploitation of the potential beneficiary. In the case of cooperative holdings, the description concerns both the current situation of the individual holdings and the documentation of their partial or total merger into the cooperative holding.
c) Investments that have been financed: Indicates the investments that have been financed in the last 15 years, recording the funding body, the elements of approval (protocol and aid) and those of implementation (protocol and aid paid). If the potential beneficiary requests the support of investments that have been financed in the last 15 years, their detailed recording is required (cost, technical characteristics, serial number, etc.).
d) Participation in other Rural Development Measures:
The participation of the potential beneficiary in other Rural Development Measures of the 3rd and 4th Programming Period is reported, recording the funding body, the approval elements (protocol and aid) and those of implementation (protocol and aid paid).
3. The brief description of the Improvement Investment Plan includes:
(a) the feasibility of the Investment Improvement Plan, and
b) a brief description of the investment Improvement Plan.
4. In the description of the requested investments, the investments are broken down into the following categories of expenditure:
– Agricultural buildings and plant production,
– Agricultural buildings and structures of animal production,
– Beekeeping – Floricultural car,
– Agricultural Tractor,
– Mechanical and other plant production equipment,
– Mechanical and other animal production equipment,
– Water saving irrigation systems,
– Land improvements,
– Perennial plantations,
– Waste management,
– Relocation of livestock holdings in cases where the need arises for reasons of protection of the environment and public health,
– Adapt existing existing stables to newly introduced Community animal health and welfare standards,
– Verticalization of the production of the holding,
Renewable energy sources and
– General expenses.
For each category of expenditure, except for general expenditure, the current situation is recorded and the requested investment expenditures are analyzed by providing a detailed technical description and documenting, where required:
i) their expediency (in accordance with the provisions of article 7 of ΥΑ 11308 / 16−11−2010),
ii) their production capacity (according to the provisions of article 8 of ΥΑ 11308 / 16−11−2010),
iii) their realistic costs,
iv) their compliance with Community standards and national standards applicable to them (in accordance with Articles 9 and 10 of RA 11308 / 16-11-2010),
v) their compliance with the national legislation applicable to them (according to article 12 of ΥΑ 11308 / 16−11−2010) and finally
(vi) the other terms, restrictions and conditions.