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Slovenia jointly signs the common declaration to increase production of legume crops

Brussels, 17 July 2017 - On the margins of the first day of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council meeting, Minister Dejan Židan attends the European Soya Declaration signing ceremony. The common declaration aims to increase production of legume crops for food and feed as a contribution to the development of a more sustainable and resilient agricultural systems in Europe.

On the margins of the first day of the meeting of the Ministers at the EU Agriculture and Fisheries Council, the European Soya Declaration signing ceremony took place. The common declaration, initiated by Hungary and Germany, aims to support increased production of legume/protein crops for food and feed as a contribution to the development of a more sustainable and resilient agricultural systems in Europe; this supports the United Nations Agenda 2030, namely goals 2 and 15, and the EU Sustainable Development Strategy. 

 

After signing the declaration, Minister Dejan Židan said that the goal of the joint initiative is to increase legume production for food and feed in Europe. "Slovenia, along with 13 other EU Member States, is a signatory to the European Soya Declaration, thus contributing to the development of more sustainable and resilient agricultural systems."  The minister pointed out that encouraging the production of protein components in feed is of a great importance for Slovenia. 

 

Under the new 2014-2020 financial framework, Slovenia allocated two percent of the national direct payments envelope (EUR 2,759,740) in the form of coupled payments (linked to production) for enhancing the cultivation of protein crops. Within the framework of the two-year implementation of the coupled payments scheme (linked to production), Slovenia paid support for 8,509 ha of protein crops for 2015, while it paid support for 11,432 ha in 2016. As the growth in Slovenia is too high, such coupled support may not be carried out in 2017. Slovenia therefore proposes that this EU rule be changed.

 

In addition to Slovenia, the declaration has been signed by Austria, Croatia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania and Slovakia.