The successful applicants to the Pro Economica Foundation’s so-called “de minimis“ agronomic program received their funding by April 11, the day of Good Friday for Western Christianity, the foundation announced in a communiqué. The total amount of subsidies provided equals around EUR 53.5 million.
The counties targeted by the program – sponsored by the Hungarian government – were Szeklerland’s Kovászna (Covasna), Hargita (Harghita) and Maros (Mureş). In total, 5,293 applications were sent in, 4,765 funding contracts signed and 4,661 payment requests honored, stated the Pro Economica Foundation. As their communiqué relates, 1,065 applicants received funding in Kovászna (about EUR 13.5 million) and 1,972 payments were made to Hargita applicants (EUR 21.9 million), while 1,624 successful candidates (EUR 18.1 million) were financed in Maros County.
In Kovászna County, the five localities where most of the grants went were: Kézdiszentlélek/Sânzieni (65), Kézdivásárhely/Târgu Secuiesc (61), Sepsiszentgyörgy/Sfântu Gheorghe (59), Torja/Turia (53) and Nyújtód/Lunga (42).
In Hargita County, the top localities in this regard were: Gyergyóremete/Remetea (119), Gyimesközéploc/Lunca de Jos (86), Csíkszereda /Miercurea-Ciuc (72), Gyergyóditró/Ditrău (69) and Gyergyóalfalu/Joseni and Székelyudvarhely/Odorheiu Secuiesc (both with 61 grants paid). Last but not least, in Maros County the ranking is: Marosvásárhely (124), Mezőbánd/Band (79), Nyárádszereda/Miercurea Nirajului (60), Marossárpatak/Glodeni (55), Mezőpanit/Pănet (54).
The sponsorship can be used for purchasing agricultural machinery and equipment, farms and farm animals. Szekler agronomists and agricultural entrepreneurs prefer to buy mostly tractors, trailers, seeders, straw cutters and straw balers.
After the conclusion of the program, Hunor Kelemen, President of the Democratic Alliance of Hungarians in Romania (known by the acronym RMDSZ) underlined: The payments, financed by the Hungarian government have reached agricultural entrepreneurs in a timely fashion. “Farmers are very much aware that it is hugely important to carry out agricultural… Details here.