Rural in general
Objective of the rural development policy is improving competitiveness of agriculture and forestry, applying new methods and technologies, and particularly, supporting young farmers. It is expected that upon using the rural development programs, farmers will enlarge their role in the environmental protection and conservation of diversity in nature. At the same time, it is important to also support setting up and development of alternative entrepreneurship, as well as to create and maintain the conditions that are able to ensure welfare for the entire rural community. The rural development has become a significant constituent of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). There is economic, social and cultural development of Latvia’s countryside at the core of.
After accession to the European Union in 2004, Latvia’s farmers are able to benefit from the support from the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD). Latvia currently is undergoing the third programming period of the rural support (2004-2006, 2007-2013 and 2014-2020). Whereas, prior to accession to the European Union, farmers had a possibility to receive a pre-accession support instrument SAPARD.