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Factsheet for measure CY-2020-43/1649 – measures in Cyprus

Scheme for the support of pig farming

Μέτρο ενίσχυσης για τη στήριξη του τομέα χοιροτροφίας για αντιμετώπιση των επιπτώσεων της πανδημίας COVID-19

Country Cyprus , applies nationwide
Time period Temporary, 20 October 2020 – 31 December 2020
Context COVID-19
Type Legislations or other statutory regulations
Category Supporting businesses to stay afloat
– Direct subsidies (full or partial) or damage compensation
Author Loucas Antoniou (INEK) and Eurofound
Measure added 05 January 2021 (updated 13 January 2021)

Background information

The Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and the Environment (MoA), within the frame of temporal State Aid for the support of the economy during the COVID-19 pandemic, release a scheme to support the pig farming sector. The governmental support that has the form of direct grant, is open to any natural or legal person who owns or manages a pig unit that decides to slaughter piglets in order to reduce market surpluses. This measure was decided by the Cabinet on 22 July 2020.

Content of measure

Eligible to participate in the Scheme is any natural or legal person who owns or manages a pig unit rearing sows, which is registered in the Veterinary Services, participates in the annual Pig Farming Submit and meets one of the following prerequisites:

  • Natural or legal person registered in the Farmers and Agricultural Holdings registry.
  • Natural person registered in the Social Insurances Fund registry as a farmer or livestock farmer, at least for the last two years.
  • Legal person registered in the Social Insurances Fund registry as an employer in the farming sector, at least for the last two year.
  • Natural person under 41 years of age during the submission of the application and registered in the Social Insurances Fund registry exclusively as a farmer/livestock farmer before the 1 March 2020.

Natural or legal persons not residing in the Republic, persons participating in early retirement schemes for farmers and natural or regal persons participated in other schemes of the government for the confrontation of the consequences of the pandemic are not eligible to participate.

The support that participating persons will receive is €36.00 for each slaughtered piglet, that weight between 7,5 kg and 25 kg, and the maximum amount that a person can receive is €100,000.

The total amount available for the Scheme is €500,000.

Use of measure

Currently, however, there is no data available for the number of beneficiaries as the process of application for participation in the Scheme has been just completed.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Does not apply to workers Sector specific set of companies
Does not apply to citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
European Funds
National funds

Social partners

Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role No involvement No involvement
Form Not applicable Not applicable

Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:

  • No involvement
  • Main level of involvement: N/A


The Scheme is approved by the European Commission under the Temporary Framework for State aid measures to support the economy in the current COVID-19 outbreak. The Minister of Agriculture, Rural Development and Environment hold different informed meetings with the Agricultural Organizations since the beginning of the pandemic on different issues concerning the support of farmers and agricultural businesses. However, the level of involvement of these organizations in the designing of the particular Scheme is not known.

Views and reactions

Despite that no particular reactions have been appeared in the press in regards to this Scheme, the Agricultural Organizations view all supportive measures implemented by the Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and Environment very positively and necessary ensuring the survival of farmers and the agricultural sector.

Sectors and occupations

    • Economic area Sector (NACE level 2)
      A - Agriculture, Forestry And Fishing A1 Crop and animal production, hunting and related service activities
    • Occupation (ISCO level 2)
      Agricultural, forestry and fishery labourers


  • 20 August 2020: Μέτρο ενίσχυσης για τη στήριξη του τομέα χοιροτροφίας για αντιμετώπιση των επιπτώσεων της πανδημίας COVID-19 (


Eurofound (2021), Scheme for the support of pig farming , measure CY-2020-43/1649 (measures in Cyprus), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,


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