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France closes the deadline to request aid for the sanitary uprooting of vines in the Gironde Department

The uprooting system developed by the State and the CIVB aims to stop the golden flavescence of the vine and help keep this disease at the lowest possible prevalence level by densifying the Bordeaux vineyard.


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Open since Monday, November 20 and for one month, the assistance request window for the sanitary uprooting of vines closed on Wednesday, December 20, 2023 at midnight.

It was a one-stop shop allowing applicants to apply for the harvesting devices covered by the tripartite agreement signed on June 5 by Marc Fesneau, Minister of Agriculture and Food Sovereignty, Alain Rousset, President of the Nouvelle-Aquitaine Region and Allan Sichel, President of the Interprofessional Bordeaux Wine Council (CIVB).

The uprooting system developed jointly by State services and the CIVB aims, in a logic of stopping flavescence ore, to help maintain this pest at the lowest possible prevalence level by de-densifying the Bordeaux vineyard.

State funding, up to €6,000 per hectare, allows the sanitary uprooting of vines about to be abandoned then the afforestation or conversion into natural areas of the plots concerned. The sanitary uprooting of vines to diversify the winegrower's crops towards other agricultural activities will be financed by the CIVB, also up to €6,000 per hectare. Investment aid from the Region completes the system for plots of land undergoing agricultural conversion.

When the aid request window closed, more than 700 applications were submitted as part of the system financed by the State, representing before processing nearly 4,000 hectares for a maximum total aid amount of €24 million. This amount is compatible with the envelope planned by the State for the part of the system which falls to it, in the amount of €30 million (knowing that this amount was likely to be increased to €38 million depending on the needs noted on this section).

At the same time, more than 500 applications also representing nearly 4,000 hectares intended to be uprooted for diversification were submitted as part of the system financed by the CIVB. To date, the diversification requests recorded on the platform exceed the envelope of €19 million available for this aspect of the system. The latter provides that if the requests exceed the available financial envelope, they will be subject to a stabilizing coefficient limiting the eligible areas, which will be determined at the end of the examination of all the requests.

After instruction by the DDTM of Gironde, applicants and plots eligible for the system will receive authorization to begin uprooting up work, to be carried out before May 31, 2024.

“At the end of the opening of the aid request window for one month, there are nearly 4,000 hectares that the operators wanted to uproot within the framework of the system financed by the State, and also nearly 4,000 hectares in within the framework of that financed by the Interprofessional Council of Bordeaux Wines. This window concretizes the deployment of the tripartite commitment made between the State, the Region and the Interprofessional Bordeaux Wine Council last June, which reflects our collective mobilization to provide concrete responses to the health threat facing Bordeaux viticulture. face in a difficult economic context", Marc Fesneau, Minister of Agriculture and Food Sovereignty.

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