3 November 1995

French help young

FRENCH government officials are preparing a charter to help new farming entrants.

The national installation charter, which will be signed next week by French prime minister Alain Juppe and farm minister Phillippe Vasseur, is expected to introduce new measures to help new entrants.

Young French farmers already receive some help from the government in the form of a subsidised "installation" loan. A similar scheme, giving young farmers a one-off payment to help with establishment costs, operates in Ireland with EU funding.

The French Young Farmers Organisation (CNJA) wants government to set a short-term objective of at least 12,000 new farmers every year compared with 9000 in 1995, according to Agra Europe.

The report adds that a fund, which would guarantee to pay young farmers rents, is being considered. CNJA also want a significant rise in the subsidised installation loan ceiling.

French farm minister Phillippe Vasseur has made new entrants a priority area for policy development since he took office earlier this year.