Alderman of Agriculture Leen Goossens (CD&V) calls on farmers in Zottegem to have the damage to their crops assessed by the damage committee that was recently convened for this purpose.
“Unfortunately, the rain showers of the past few days are not helping the damaged crops of farmers. Many are busy growing their crops and measuring the drought damage. In order to determine the damage, the municipal estimation committee was convened to deal with damage claims. All info via Zottegem.be/landbouwschade”, ships Leen Goossens explains. “Since January 1, 2020, farmers have to rely on comprehensive weather insurance in the event of damage to crops and unharvested harvests. Under certain conditions, farmers can still submit an application for compensation to the Flemish Disaster Fund. Farmers who want a determination have the municipal damage commission determine the damage to the crops. The damage commission was convened in response to the drought. Farmers submit an application to the City of Zottegem to have the damage officially recorded by means of an official report drawn up by the damage commission that comes on site. I would also like to call on all farmers to effectively appeal to the damage commission. The disaster fund has yet to recognize this summer’s drought as a disaster. The more applications farmers submit, the higher the chance that a disaster will also be discussed. All farmers are personally addressed with the application form.”
The claim application must meet a number of conditions before it is eligible for the Flemish Disaster Fund. You can find all information about these conditions and the declaration form at Zottegem.be/landbouwschade.