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An 18 million euro intervention to support young people who want to start an agricultural business.

This is the content of the new “youth package” launched by the Tuscan regional council as part of the 2014-2020 rural development program.

Intended for people between 18 and 40 years of age, the measure will allow beneficiaries to obtain a first settlement premium of € 30,000 (40,000 in mountain areas) and to access various measures of the RDP obtaining contributions of 50% (60% in the mountain areas) on investments made for the modernization of corporate structures and equipment and for diversification.

The announcement was published today, January 2, 2020, in the Region’s Official Bulletin (BURT), while from the following month (exactly February 3, 2020) it will be possible to submit an application.

The 2020 call

The call is aimed at young people who have settled (i.e. have taken the agricultural VAT number) for the first time as company manager in the 24 months prior to submitting the application individually or in a company / cooperative.

Young people must commit to implement a business development plan lasting up to 36 months and continue agricultural activity for at least 5 years.

In order to access the Package, it is also necessary to possess, or acquire, by the date of conclusion of the business plan, adequate professional knowledge and skills and to obtain the qualification of IAP (professional agricultural entrepreneur).