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The State Fund "Agriculture" - Payment Agency (DFZ - RA) has developed a new online form for reporting burnt agricultural areas, the Fund reports.

It is an electronic form published in a prominent place on the institution's website, which is easily accessible and enables quick and timely reporting of a fire.

The citizens submitting the signals must provide data on the localization of the burned areas - on their location, on the locality and on the type of burning vegetation (fields, orchard, meadow, forest, etc.).

Additional information about the affected areas is also required, such as GPS coordinates of the area, as well as the approximate extent of the burned terrain.

In the electronic form there is also the possibility to attach a photo.

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Reports of burnt areas received by the DFZ - RA are checked in a timely manner by teams of the "Technical Inspectorate".

The signals are mainly from the Main Directorate "Fire Safety and Protection of the Population" at the Ministry of Internal Affairs, as well as from citizens.

The location of the fires is located with GPS and the affected posts are measured.

Once located, the data enters the "Fires" layer in the Electronic Services System (ESS) of the DFZ.

From the beginning of 2022 until now, the "Technical Inspectorate" teams have detected more than 40 fires in 160 properties, located on a total of more than 334 hectares (3,340 decares).

The largest number of fires were registered in the regions of Ruse and Blagoevgrad.

All of them are already loaded in the Fires layer.

The DFZ reminds that the burning of stubble is prohibited and sanctioned both under national legislation and European Regulations.

Fines are imposed within the framework of the control system and cross-compliance, which are part of the National Standards for Good Agricultural and Ecological Land Status.

When stubble burning from winter and spring crops with a fused surface (wheat, rye, triticale, oats and barley) is detected, a violation of National Standard 6 is reflected.

Penalties are calculated in percentages.

They apply to any payment to the applicant under the direct payment schemes and measures.

The percentage of the reduction depends on the severity, degree, duration and frequency of the non-compliance found.

In the case of non-compliance due to negligence, the rate of reduction of payments is up to 5 percent, and in cases of repeated non-compliance - up to 15 percent.

In case of willful non-compliance, the reduction rate is not less than 20 percent, may result in total exclusion from one or more support schemes and may be applied for one or more calendar years.

On the basis of Article 10, para.

2 of Ordinance No. 2 of March 26, 2018 on eligibility criteria for agricultural areas for support,

burnt agricultural areas are considered ineligible for subsidies for the relevant year and are kept as over-declared.

That is, they do not receive subsidies.

Information about the areas of beneficiaries affected by fires is available in the Electronic Services System (SES) of the DFZ: https://seu.dfz.bg/seu/f?p=727:8170:::NO:8170.

On it, applicants for the direct payment schemes can find out about the plots that fall into the burned areas, as well as about the size of their area.

DF "Agriculture" appeals for strict compliance with the ban on burning stubble and other plant residues and the use of open fire sources in agricultural lands and outside them.

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