Natural constraint payments
Finland is the northernmost country with agricultural production in Europe. The country is remote from other European market areas. The northern climate limits agricultural activities, and the Finnish growing season is short.
Natural constraint payments help to close the gap in cultivation costs compared to other production areas in Europe. Natural constraint payments are part of the common agricultural policy (CAP) and are included in the Rural Development Programme for Mainland Finland.
The aim of natural constraint payments is to ensure that agricultural production continues in Finland. The end of production would lead to the afforestation of arable land. The payments also help maintain open and managed rural landscapes. The economic development of farms will safeguard employment in rural areas and support the development of regional economies.
Natural constraint payments are support for farmers.
Eero Pehkonen, Ministerial Adviser
Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Food Department, Unit for Rural Development Telephone:0295162217