Four honorary loans for agriculture awarded in Seine-et-Marne

The initiative Melun Val-de-Seine and South Seine-et-Marne organized a ceremony on 14 October to present honorary loan checks to four project managers in the area.

The initiative Melun Val-de-Seine and South Seine-et-Marne organized a ceremony on 14 October to present honorary loan checks to four project managers in the area. The recipients are Elisabeth Ravasse, organic farmer, sheep workshops in Nangis and producer shop in Provins, Mélanie Castelle, arborist and processor in Tournan-en-brie, as well as Florentin Duret and Teresa Garvey, organic gardeners in Villenauxe-la-Petite and finally Quentin Lenoir, logger in Louan-Villegruis-Fontaine.

Olivier Lavenka, First Vice-President of the Department of Seine-et-Marne, presented these four honorary loans to agriculture. These are interest-free loans where no personal guarantee is required. Its total amount varies between €3,000 and €30,000 with a repayment period of between 2 and 5 years, with a possible extension of 3 to 6 months. The loan must be backed by a bank loan and must also come in addition to a personal contribution. The personal contribution and the honorary loan must amount to approximately 20% of the financing plan.

Since 2013, the association Initiative Melun Val-de-Seine and Sud Seine-et-Marne, a member of Initiative France, has opened this system to project managers from the agricultural world. The aim is to support the sector and “contribute to its development in the region”. Since 2020, the department has contributed 100,000 euros to this system.

Credit: Nicolas Every – Hélène Virat

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