Yesterday, the new Law on Agricultural Land (Official Gazette, No. 20/2018) came into force, which authorizes local self-government units to dispose of state-owned agricultural land.Municipalities and cities are obliged to adopt Disposal Programs within three months of the entry into force of the Act, and state land is leased through a public tender for a period of 25 years with the possibility of extension for the same period. The tender for the lease is announced for cadastral parcels that make up production and technological units with an area of up to 100 hectares. Participants in the public tender for lease may be natural or legal persons who have settled all obligations based on the use of agricultural land owned by the state, ie all obligations based on the fee for economic use of water and all public benefits, and against whom does not conduct proceedings for the transfer of possession of agricultural land.As they point out from the Ministry of Agriculture, persons who have subleased or otherwise disposed of the allocated agricultural land owned by the state cannot participate in the public tender. The right of priority in the public tender for lease has: the holder of a family farm or owner of an agricultural craft or a legal entity in the rank of micro and small enterprises, for which agriculture is the primary activity, who is the owner or possessor of livestock for at least three years; previous owner; young farmers up to 41 years of age, family farms based in the municipality or city where the land is located.The new Law also enables the extraction of agricultural land from the forest management plan, which needs to be placed in the Programs at the disposal of local self-government units. In this way, it will be possible to lease and sell state-owned land to farmers who want to increase their production areas, and above all to family farms and young farmers. “With this law, we return the disposal of state land to municipalities and cities because the management from Zagreb proved to be unsuccessful. I expect all local self-government units to urgently accept the job and start preparing disposal programs. Deadlines are short, farmers have waited too long to get land. A large number of farmers have their leases expired and they are eagerly awaiting new contracts that will primarily ensure their safer business, but also without which they cannot apply for tenders from rural development. I also invite the representatives of municipalities and cities to respond to the workshops that we organize just for them and where we present this law. Come and learn everything you need to know to be successful in this extremely important business for Croatian farmers. ” – said Minister Tomislav Tolušić.The law also prescribes the sale of state-owned agricultural land. They can be bought in the continental area cadastral parcels of up to 10 ha and in the coastal area up to 1 ha. One buyer can buy state land in the Republic of Croatia up to a maximum of 50 ha for the continental area and up to 5 ha for the coastal area. Coastal areas are considered to be units of local self-government that have access to the sea, islands and peninsulas, while other areas are considered to be a continental area. Exceptionally on the Istrian peninsula, local self-government units that have access to the sea are considered a coastal area, while other areas are considered a continental area.The law also provides for the lease of private agricultural land that is not maintained suitable for agricultural production. In order to protect the soil, the environment or people, the Ministry may lease such land to a natural or legal person for a period of up to ten years for a fee in the amount of the initial rent. The funds obtained from the lease belong to the owner of the land, if the owner is unavailable or of unknown residence, the rent is kept in a special account of the local self-government unit for 10 years. The law also stipulates that the Ministry of Agriculture takes over all the work and workers of the Agricultural Land Agency because the Agency ceases to operate.