• What are the farmers' law and exemption?

    The law also regulates the so-called "farmers’ exemption" and defines it as follows: Small farmers are determined based on the following characteristics of the species which they produce: - When referring to fodder species, cereals, oil and fibre plants, farmers who grow plants in an area no greater than that necessary to produce 92 tonnes of cereals per harvest, irrespective of the area in which they grow other plants. - When referring to potatoes, farmers who grow plants in an area no greater than that necessary to produce 185 tonnes of potatoes per harvest, irrespective of the area in which they grow other plants. - When referring to horticultural species, farmers who grow on areas which meet the appropriate criteria comparable with those provided for in the above paragraphs. These farmers are authorised to use a protected variety which is not a hybrid on their farms and for their own use. Small farmers are not obliged to pay the holder. Others are obliged to pay, although this quantity will be lower than that charged for production under an operating licence.