President Toomas Hendrik Ilves today signed a resolution to appoint Taavi Rõivas as the candidate for the position of Prime Minister. Taavi Rõivas is Chairman of the Estonian Reform Party, which won the largest number of seats in the recent Riigikogu elections.
Minister of Agriculture Ivari Padar signed a Regulation providing that milk producers can pay the EU quota exceeding fine in three years. In the EU, milk production limitation by quotas will terminate on 31 March this year.
„Data of 11 months of the quota year 2014/2015 indicate that Estonia is likely to exceed its milk quota for deliveries by 1–2% and must therefore pay the fine totalling 1,9–3,8 million euros,“ Minister of Agriculture Ivari Padar said. „Considering the complicated market situation, milk producers can pay the fine for exceeding milk quota in three years, if they so wish.“
Padar explained that preliminary estimates of exceeding the milk quota for deliveries will become evident by the end of April and the final situation after the analysis of the received data during the first part of June. In case Estonia exceeds the national quota for deliveries, a surplus levy must be paid by the milk producers having exceeded their individual quotas. This levy will be deducted by milk purchasers after getting information about the levy deduction commitment from the Estonian Agricultural Registers and Information Board (ARIB).
The producers who have exceeded their individual milk production quota can apply for the payment of surplus levy by instalments interest-free within three years. The first instalment (at least 1/3 of the total levy) must be deducted by milk purchasers from the money to be paid for milk and transferred to the ARIB by 30 September 2015, the second instalment by 30 September 2016 and the third instalment by 30 September 2017.
Where the suplus levy is paid by instalments, milk producers do not have to pay any interest. Therefore, it is regarded as state aid by the European Commission and special rules apply here. For example, a security must be presented by milk producers.
In the EU, the milk quota system was introduced in 1984 in order to address the probleem of suplus production. In 2003, it was decided that the milk quota system will disappear in2015.
More information about the disappearance of milk quotas is available:
Estonian Agricultural Registers and Information Board (ARIB)
Commission implementation regulation
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On July 19th, 2015 the first national Open Farm Day is to take place, where more than 100 farms and agricultural producers across Estonia are open to receive visitors. Farms interested in participating can sign up until the end of May.
“One has to drive to the countryside for proper food and that is why many farms will open their doors to the public this summer,” said Minister of Agriculture Ivari Padar. “There hasn’t been an event of such scale to promote agriculture and rural life in Estonia before.”
According to the Minister of Agriculture, this day could mark the mutual respect of producers and the Estonian people. “National food production is of great value to any state, which is surely appreciated by any food lover. Equally, the farmers find the domestic consumer the most important,” said Padar.
On the first national Open Farm Day on July 19th the visitors will be able to see large and small farms, exciting agricultural technology, various animals and plants. It will be possible to taste real farm food and buy local produce. Each farm has its own programme, displaying the farm’s particularities.
The initiative of the national Open Farm Day was born from cooperation with representatives of the Ministry of Agriculture, the Rural Economy Research Centre and Järvamaa Avatud Talud.
Open Farm Days are organised in many countries across the world, including Finland, Sweden, Belgium, Great Britain, Italy, Portugal, Australia, Canada, the USA, and many others. Open farm days in Estonia have so far been organised in Järvamaa, Saaremaa and Pandivere.
NB! Farms and agricultural producers are invited to visit the preparatory information day of the Open Farm Day in Jäneda on March 27th. Additional information and registration »
Media enquiries: Karin Volmer, Public Relations Department of Ministry of Agriculture, firstname.lastname@example.org, phone 625 6254 / 5696 4876
Registration of farms and agricultural producers: Reve Lambur, the Rural Economy Research Centre bureau, email@example.com