Prishtina, 11 December 2013 - The European Union will contribute € 4.250 million for 12 selected projects that deal with processing of dairy, meat, cereals, wine, fruits and vegetables products. The official start of the EU funded grants in agriculture and rural development took place today in Pristina.
The grants will help improving processing and marketing, hygiene, quality and food safety standards and environmental protection in three sub-sectors of agriculture: dairy, meat and fruits and vegetables processing. This will lead into increased competiveness of the agricultural sector, as well as higher consumer confidence into local products.
Besides that the EU grants will also increase the contribution of agricultural and rural development sector to the economic growth in Kosovo.
The program will support the improvement of by-products’ utilization, the introduction of higher value added product, the creation of cold storage facilities, the introduction of HACCP food safety management systems, improved marketing and labelling of processed food products, upgrading production lines and facilities to meet EU standards, including quality control equipment modernisation.
Through a thorough selection process the 12 companies have been selected on the basis of their ability and commitment to demonstrate that competitive production and export of food products is possible from Kosovo through better marketing, improved quality and implementation of internationally recognized food safety standards and public health.
Since 1999, The European Union has allocated around €70 million for agriculture and rural development in Kosovo and this EU rural grant scheme is part of the extensive program to support viable livelihood in rural areas.