News Local Coronavirus: Council of Ministers approves €50,000 emergency funding to animal NGOs

Coronavirus: Council of Ministers approves €50,000 emergency funding to animal NGOs

The government will give €50,000 in emergency funds to beleaguered animal welfare associations as they struggle to feed animals under stringent restrictions imposed to contain the Covid-19 outbreak.

Speaking to journalists after a meeting of the Council of Ministers, Agriculture Minister Costas Kadis said that the grant would serve to buy food for animals in need and ensure the unobstructed operation of animal shelters during this challenging time.

He also reminded that staff and volunteers can address the Veterinary Services for a special movement permit to care for animals during the lockdown period.

Kadis also announced measures to support the agricultural sectors acknowledging the pivotal role of farmers in ensuring the safety and sufficiency in basic products during the crisis.

Among the measures is a subsidy of water consumption of agricultural activities equal to 20% of farmers’ water bill from March to June 2020, the non-disconnection of water for unpaid bills until August 2020 and the transfer of the latest two-month bill to the next invoice.

The Ministry will also set aside €11.2 million that will be paid out to farmers as reimbursement for damages to crops brought about by bad weather.

It will also arrange for imminent return of VAT paid by agricultural businesses.

He noted that all above measures are in addition to the support package to be announced by the Ministry of Finance.

Read more:

Coronavirus: The Crisis Management Centre to the rescue of pets trapped at home

Top Stories

How to pay a restriction violation fine

Fines for violations of the restriction decrees, enforced on March 24, are payable as follows: Any commercial bank connected to the payment provider or providers...

What we don’t yet know about the coronavirus

It has been only three months since reports first emerged from China of an unknown virus causing unusual cases of pneumonia, and scientists and...

Coronavirus patient critical at Limassol hospital

A coronavirus patient at Limassol hospital is reported to be in critical condition and has been placed on a respirator. According to the State Health...

24 coronavirus patients at the Famagusta reference hospital

Nine more coronavirus patients have been admitted to the Famagusta hospital, the reference institution for confirmed cases, raising the number to 24. According to CNA...

Man attacks police during restriction checks, in custody

A 30 year old Georgian man was remanded in custody for 2 days by the district court in Limassol after attacking officers and damaging...

Taste

Village salad

A must-have with every meal is a village salad. You will find it in every tavern or greek restaurant you visit in Cyprus. Make...

Courgettes with eggs

Heat the oil in a frying pan and fry the courgettes at a medium heat until they soften. Add salt and add the eggs....

Classic Pastitsio

Prepare the mince sauce: heat the butter in a pan and sauté the mince with the onion and garlic until nicely browned, mixing well....

Grilled vegetable and goat cheese rolls

Brush the vegetables with olive oil and season. Heat a pan/griddle and cook them carefully until golden on both sides, making sure their shape...