Spain allocates 180,000 euros to sainfoin cultivation
Published Jul 14, 2021
This crop has valuable qualities as fodder, either in the form of mowed hay or consumed by cattle grazing. The main commitments are: not to carry out grazing or work on the plot in the month of May as it is a time of reproduction for species of steppe fauna and to carry out a single annual harvest in the summer months, reducing affections for the fauna. The measure is easy to use for applicants, with a persistence of four years, which reduces expenses for the farmer compared to an annual crop. In the 2020 campaign, the measure covers a total of 340 single application files and a global payment amount of around 180,000 euros. A reduction is observed compared to the 2019 campaign as the mandatory commitment maintenance period (5 years) has ended. For the 2021 campaign, a voluntary annual extension is called for the delegates. Sainfoin is a plant native to the Rhine Valley where, at the end ...