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Factsheet for measure EE-2022-27/2908 – measures in Estonia

Emergency support for farmers affected by input prices and trade restrictions

Erakorraline toetus põllumajandustootjatele

Country Estonia , applies nationwide
Time period Temporary, 29 June 2022 – 31 December 2022
Context War in Ukraine
Type Other initiatives or policies
Category Responses to inflation
– Other
Author Ingel Kadarik (Praxis Center for Policy Studies) and Eurofound
Measure added 15 September 2022 (updated 22 September 2022)

Background information

To mitigate the effects of the increased input prices and trade restrictions imposed to companies due to the Russian war against Ukraine, the Ministry of Rural Affairs established an emergency support measure for farmers. The measure includes direct support that can be applied for between 29 June and 6 July 2022.

Content of measure

Primary agricultural production activities that have been most affected by increased input prices and trade restrictions are be supported (for example, milk and meat production; potato cultivation and growing vegetables in open ground, etc.). The exact amount of support depends on the field of production, but in general the support cannot exceed €35,000 per applicant.

Farmers could apply for a grant between 29 June and 6 July. The support will be paid to the farmers by 31 December 2022.

The total budget is €11.7 million and the initial expected sectoral breakdown is the following:

  • pork production €4.5 million;
  • milk production €2.51 million;
  • sheep and goat rearing €0.6 million;
  • beef production €2 million;
  • potato, strawberry and open-air vegetables with heated greenhouses €1.58 million;
  • broiler, laying and quail farming €0.36 million.

Use of measure

There were a total of 2,298 applicants. The applications are assessed in an ongoing basis until 31 December 2022. The higest number of applications were submitted in the field of beef production (1,192 applications), followed by sheep and goat farming (464 applications), milk production (455 applications) and potato, strawberry and open field vegetable farming (424 applications). One applicant could submit several applications covering different fields.

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 Unknown Unknown
Form Not applicable Not applicable

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

  • Unknown
  • Main level of involvement: N/A


No information available.

Views and reactions

The Estonian Farmers’ Federation was supportive of the measure, but worried about the share of the budget for broiler, laying and quail farming.

Sectors and occupations

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

This case is not occupation-specific.


  • 08 June 2022: Eestimaa Talupidajate Keskliidu tagasisisde (Feedback from the Estonian Farmers’ Federation) (
  • 10 June 2022: Erakorraline toetus põllumajandussektorile seoses suurenenud sisendihindade ja kaubanduspiirangutega (Emergency support for the agricultural sector due to increased input prices and trade restrictions) (
  • 21 July 2022: Põllumajandussektorile mõeldud erakorralist toetust taotleb 2298 tootjat (2298 producers applying for emergency support for the agricultural sector) (


Eurofound (2022), Emergency support for farmers affected by input prices and trade restrictions, measure EE-2022-27/2908 (measures in Estonia), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,


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