The Ministers of Agriculture and Finance have agreed on a plan to encourage the next generation of farmers with support totaling NIS 45 million
Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Uri Ariel: "We continue to strengthen the younger generation and the new farmers. It is no secret that Israeli farmers and Israeli agriculture are among the most advanced in the world. In recent years we have seen a new generation, the next generation of farmers, entering the field and switching gears heading toward the future. The new plan will strengthen the young generation and also new farmers , beginning with lands through to private farming-related projects. The grants will be provided for one purpose - strengthening the entire Israeli farming sector".
Israeli farming continues to advance over the years. This farming is not only diversifying the crops, it is also turning farming into a fully-fledged high-tech industry. And as farming advances, so do the farmers. There are tens of thousands of active farmers in Israel, some of whom are choosing to hand down the tradition to the next generation, making them the next generation of Israeli farming. To strengthen the young farmers. the Ministries of Agriculture and Finance announce a plan for strengthening the next generation.
The new plan is intended to strengthen the next generation of farmers. To this end, the Minister of Agriculture, Uri Ariel, and the Minister of Finance, Moshe Kahlon, have budgeted the matter with NIS 45 million, to be spent already this year (2018).
According to the plan, each farmer eligible for the grant in accordance with the procedure, will receive a grant of about 40% of any total recognized investment of up to NIS 1 million. The plan is intended to support both the “new farmers” and “newly-recruited” farmers, whose communities lie in the periphery, as well as to deal with inactive farms, especially family farms, all over the country. In addition, the plan is intended to encourage inactive farmers to resume farming of their lands, to incentivize the entry of new players into agriculture and new entrants in the periphery.
Under the plan, the farmers eligible for assistance are, primarily, a “returning” farmer, a land-owning farmer who has not been actively farming, and who is interested in resuming his farming of the land. Secondly, a “new” farmer, a private, landless individual, producing a non-conforming use permit for uncultivated land. Another group is farm buyers, a farmer buying a farm in a Moshav. In addition, a project, private individual or corporation allocated land through a tender from the Israel Land Authority or through an exemption of tender from the Israel Land Authority, who are interested in using it for diverse farming activity. Finally, newly-settled people in the periphery in a planned agricultural community, which has been allocated additional land, and therefore has to employ new farmers.