Government offers cheap public land as incentive to new farmers

The government plans to submit a bill to Parliament by the end of August that will offer incentives for young farmers to start up businesses in the countryside.

Deputy Agricultural Development Minister Yiannis Drivelegas said on Thursday that up to 300,000 hectares of farmland that is owned by the state will be made available to entrepreneurs.

He told Mega TV that young farmers would be charged only 50 euros per hectare to lease the land and would be given deals of five to 20 years.

The applicants will have to be aged under 30 and have a degree in farming.

Thousands of new farmers have joined the sector over the last couple of years.