Polish Waters together with the Ministry of Maritime Economy and Inland Navigation, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, local governments and water companies gathering farmers, have developed a pilot program for shaping water resources in agricultural areas.
This is an innovative approach to the management of riverbed retention, restoration of coastal river backwaters, construction or reconstruction of valves on drainage ditches. This is a very comprehensive approach due to combining the interests of agriculture and the environment. The pilot programme has currently been carried out in the West Pomeranian voivodeship, and the start in all Polish Boards of Watersheds throughout the country is planned for this spring.
The Ministry of Agriculture has prepared subsidies for investment in farm irrigation for farmers who want to protect their crops against the effects of drought. Applications can be submitted by April 20, 2020 at the Agency for Restructuring and Modernization of Agriculture (ARiMR). Three categories of investments may be supported: improving the already existing irrigation installations, enlarging the irrigation area and, at the same time, enlarging the irrigation area and improving the already existing installations. From this program, farmers can finance, among others construction of wells and tanks, and a purchase of machinery and equipment for the collection, storage, treatment, recovery or distribution of water, irrigation installations and irrigation control systems.
The financial aid per beneficiary and one farm amounts to 100,000. PLN, where 50% of the costs incurred for the investment is refunded (60% in the case of a young farmer). The minimum level of investment costs must be higher than 15,000. PLN, and a farmer holding a farm with an area of 1 ha to 300 ha, who earns on animal or plant production and is present in the national system of producers' records, farm records and records of applications for payment may apply for aid.
The application documents are available at: