The performance assessment focused on the impact of the Mainland Finland RDP on the development of competitiveness of the agricultural sector. The main RDP tools for improving competitiveness are the measures relating to training and information, Farm Advisory Services, investments, development of farms and businesses, basic services, and village development. The evaluation looked at the development of the structure of the Finnish agriculture, assessed short supply chains and the economic status of the producers, and the productivity of agricultural enterprises was analysed.
The evaluation was based on existing monitoring and statistical data. The evaluation will be repeated in 2019, when the quantitative assessment will aim to identify the net impacts of the RDP, distinguishing them from the changes in the operating environment.