Last update 27.08.2021
In the context of the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ministry of Agriculture, Viticulture and Rural Development (Ministère de l’Agriculture, de la Viticulture et du Développement rural) has introduced a financial aid scheme for agricultural holdings in the fruit, vegetable and table-potatoe sectors.
This aid can be requested for the 2020 calendar year.
Who is concerned
This financial aid is intended to support farmers operating in the fruit, vegetable and table-potato sectors.
It is intended for agricultural operators whose main activity is farming, that is, farmers who:
- manage an agricultural holding whose economic activity is such that it can ensure the holding's economic viability;
- spend less than half their total working time – i.e. no more than 20 hours per week – on activities other than farming;
- do not receive an old age pension;
- are under the age of 65.
Additionally, if the agricultural operator is a legal person, the person or persons managing the agricultural holding must collectively contribute at least 40 % of the share capital.
To be eligible for this financial aid, applicants must satisfy the following conditions:
- at least EUR 75,000 in total standard production in 2020;
- main source of income from one or more of the following sectors: fruit, vegetable and/or table-potatoe production;
- at least 40 % of production output from one or more of these eligible sectors;
- loss of turnover of at least 30 % in one or more of the eligible sectors;
- loss of operating profit of at least 30 %.
Loss of turnover is determined by comparing the median value of turnover in 2018 and 2019 with turnover in 2020.
Loss of profit is determined by comparing the median value of profits in 2018 and 2019 with profits in 2020.
Agricultural holdings are not eligible for aid if they:
- stopped production in 2020; or
- significantly reduced their production capacity.
The following expenses are taken into account for the calculation of the amount of aid granted:
- payroll expenses;
- financial charges;
- costs directly related to the management of the aid application file(s).
Applications must be submitted by no later than 15 November 2021.
How to proceed
Filing an application
The application form can be downloaded under 'Forms / Online services' below.
The duly completed and signed form and the required supporting documents must be submitted to the Rural Economy Department (Service d'économie rurale) of the Ministry of Agriculture, Viticulture and Rural Development.
The application may be sent by post to the following P.O. box:
Service d'économie rurale SER
The form may also be sent by email to: email@example.com.
The application must be accompanied by the following supporting documents:
- tax accounts and/or form 144 (Anlage: 'Land-und Forstwirtschaft') of the Luxembourg Inland Revenue (Administration des contributions directes - ACD) for 2018, 2019 and 2020, as filed with the tax office;
- a bank account identification document (RIB);
- a signed declaration of honour on the accuracy of the information provided.
Where applicable, the following supporting documents must also be attached to the application:
- bank statements showing the amounts received in 2020 in connection with short-time work;
- bank statements showing the amounts received in 2020 in connection with other COVID-19 aid schemes;
- the invoice for costs directly related to the preparation of the aid application file, and the bank statement serving as proof of payment.
If the agricultural holding employs staff, applicants must provide:
- copies of employees' pay slips and copies of their wage transfers; and
- a certificate attesting to the employer's social security contributions for employees, issued by the Joint Social Security Centre (Centre commun de la Sécurité sociale - CCSS) for 2020.
If the holding has financial charges (interest and fees, including interest and fees related to credit lines), applicants must provide a bank certificate attesting to the financial charges for 2020.
The Ministry of Agriculture, Viticulture and Rural Development reserves the right to require any other documents, including from other government administration departments, in order to process the application.
Amount of aid
Calculation of the amount of aid
Agricultural holdings whose total standard production output amounted to at least EUR 75,000 in 2020, and in which at least 50 % of their standard production output is from one or more eligible sectors, will receive:
- a lump sum of EUR 4,000 per farm; and
- 75 % of the eligible expenses per farm, capped at EUR 16,000.
No more than EUR 20,000 (lump sum + eligible expenses) will be granted per farm.
Agricultural holdings whose total standard production output amounted to at least EUR 75,000 in 2020, and in which 40 to 49 % of their standard production output is from one or more eligible sectors, will receive:
- a lump sum of EUR 2,000 per farm; and
- 75 % of the eligible expenses per farm, capped at EUR 8,000.
No more than EUR 10,000 (lump sum + eligible expenses) will be granted per farm.
Important note concerning allowances received for short-time work
In accordance with European rules, the allowances received for short-time work for the months relating to the application must be taken into account in calculating the amount of aid. However, allowances for short-time work are generally calculated with a two- or three-month delay.
Therefore, when calculating the amount of aid:
- any sums received in connection with short-time work for one or more previous months should not be taken into account: any such sums must therefore be deducted; and
- the sums to be received in connection with short-time work for the months relating to the application should be taken into account: any such amounts must therefore be declared in supporting documents.
Type of aid
This is a direct non-repayable financial aid.
Forms / Online services
Demande pour l’obtention d’une aide financière pour exploitations agricoles des secteurs de l’arboriculture, du maraîchage et secteur de la pomme de terre