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Rural development programme 2014-2020

 

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EUR 2.847 billion of support funds were earmarked for the implementation of the Rural Development Programme (the Programme) for Lithuania in total. The implementation of the Programme has been extended due to COVID-19 crisis on the EU level, thus all funds of the Programme must be paid to the beneficiaries until 31 December 2025.

A total of EUR 2.149 billion was paid until the end of 2022 under the Programme measures, which is 75 per cent of all funds allocated. Despite the challenges the crisis invoked both on the National Paying Agency (NPA) and the beneficiaries, the NPA succeed in keeping the implementation of the Programme on the right track in terms in simple and well-structured administration, efficient supervision and obstacles free payments of the Programme funds. Over 700 thousand applications have been effected during this programming period and the fact that more than 86 per cent of the total funds of the Programme have been already allocated to the beneficiaries under contracts, gives us solid grounds to believe, that implementation of the Programme shall be successfully completed within the remaining three years of its implementation.

List of measures:

KNOWLEDGE TRANSFER AND INFORMATION ACTIONS

  • Support for vocational training and acquisition of skills
  • Support for demonstration projects and information actions

ADVISORY SERVICES, FARM MANAGEMENT  AND FARM RELIEF  SERVICES

  • Support to use advisory services

AGRICULTURAL AND FOOD QUALITY SCHEMES

  • Support for new participants  in quality schemes

INVESTMENTS IN TANGIBLE ASSETS

  • Investments into agricultural holdings
  • Investments in processing of agricultural products, in marketing and (or) development
  • Investments  in development and adaptation of agricultural and forestry infrastructure
  1. Land consolidation
  2. Agricultural water management
  3. Improvement of forestry infrastructure
  • Non-productive investments
  • Conservation of habitats of the most endangered species and natural habitats of EC importance
  • Preservation of aquatic warbler habitats

FARM AND BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

  • Setting up of young farmers
  • Starting of economic activities in rural areas
  • Support for small farms
  • Investments for setting up and development of economic activities
  • Support for biogas production from agricultural and other waste

MAIN SERVICES AND VILLAGE RENEWAL IN RURAL AREAS

  • Investments into all-type small scale infrastructure
  • Support for replacement of asbestos roofing
  • Support for local roads
  • Support for broadband infrastructure
  • Investments in rural cultural and environmental heritage, landscape  
  • Development of traditional craft centres

INVESTMENTS IN DEVELOPMENT OF FOREST AREAS AND IMPROVEMENT OF FOREST VIABILITY

  • Afforestation (for new applications)
  • Introducing prevention measures against  possible forest fires, natural disasters and calamities and reimbursement of forest damage
  • Investments for increasing of forest ecosystems resilience and environmental value
  • Investments in forestry technologies

SETTING UP OF PRODUCER GROUPS AND ORGANISATIONS AGRI-ENVIRONMENT AND CLIMATE

  • Payments for agri-environmenal and climate-related commitments
    • Extensive management of grassland for grazing animals
    • Management of specific grassland
    • Extensive management of wetlands
    • Preservation of rare bird breed aquatic warbler habitats in natural and semi-natural grasslands
    • Preservation of rare bird breed  aquatic warbler habitats in wetlands
    • Strips or fields of melliferous  plants on arable land
    • Protection of water bodies against pollution and protection against soil erosion on arable land
    • Maintenance of reclamation ditches‘ slopes
    • Improving the status of water bodies “at risk“
    • Environmetally friendly fruits and vegetables cultivation system
    • Soil protection
    • Preservation of endangered Lithuanian ancient animal and domestic bird breeds

ORGANIC FARMING*

NATURA 2000 AND WATER FRAMEWORK  DIRECTIVE PAYMENTS

  • NATURA 2000 in agricultural land
  • NATURA 2000 in forests

PAYMENTS TO FARMERS IN AREAS WITH NATURAL OR OTHER SPECIFIC HANDICAPS*

  • Payments to farmers in areas with heavy natural handicaps
  • Payments to farmers in areas with specific handicaps

COOPERATION

  • Establishment of EIP action groups and developmemnt of their activities
  • Cooperation between small farms‘ subjects
  • Promotion of short supply chains and local markets on local level

RISK MANAGEMENT

  • Insurance premiums for crops, animals and plants
  • Reimbursement of crops and plants insurance premiums
  • Reimbursement of animal insurance premiums

LEADER PROGRAMME

  • Preparatory support
  • Support for local projects to be implemented in accordance with LDS (local development strategies)
  • Preparing and implementing LAG cooperation projects
  • Support for LAG activities and activation of population

TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE

  • Lithuanian Rural Network

EXCEPTIONAL TEMPORARY SUPPORT TO FARMERS AND SMES PARTICULARLY AFFECTED BY THE COVID-19 CRISIS

*Applications are collected together with applications for direct payments.

Last updated: 16-10-2023