New aid scheme for vegetable and fruit producers hit by Russian ban

The European Commission has announced a set of measures, worth up to €165m, to help fruit and vegetable producers hit by a Russian ban on imports.

The new measures will attempt to tackle oversupply and falling prices by compensating producers if they tighten the market through steps such as withdrawing produce and giving it away. They are in addition to the money announced in August and, for the first time, include oranges, mandarins and clementines.

Other products in the scheme, which runs until the end of the year, are apples, pears, kiwi fruit, grapes, cucumbers, and peppers, while some products previously covered by EU aid — cabbage, cauliflowers, broccoli, mushrooms, and soft fruit — are no longer on the list.


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