Signed contracts for financial support (EU grants) of agricultural cooperatives

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On November 25th 2019 in Hotel Holiday Inn in Skopje, 17 contracts for financial support (EU grants) have been signed with 9 existing and 8 new agricultural cooperatives. The financial support is provided by the European Union and is aimed for investments in facilities and equipment for processing, storage and marketing of agricultural products that would improve the capacities of agricultural cooperatives and competitiveness of the agriculture sector.

“The total amount of the EU’s support is 891.385 EUR, and with the included co-financing by the agricultural cooperatives, the total investments are almost 1,3 million euros, which is only part of the European Union’s support to the agricultural sector” – said Mr. Nicola Bertolini from the Delegation of the European Union. He presented other activities of the European Union in the agriculture sector.

The Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Economy, Mr. Trajan Dimkovski said that agricultural cooperatives are an important part of agriculture and the Ministry has provided support to their development with various measures, including a new Law on Cooperatives, which is in process to be adopted, software and support measures for agricultural cooperatives.

“Affiliated farmers are more competitive on the market than if they act individually. Through the agricultural cooperatives, farmers can more effectively organize their production, use the resources more rationally, become more powerful in the business negotiations and more competitive in the market. Agriculture is one of the driving forces of the Macedonian economy and therefore all of our supporting measures are aimed at creating favorable conditions for developing this sector, among which are the measures for supporting the agricultural cooperatives “- emphasized the Minister.

According to Mr. Mende Ivanovski – the President of the “Macedonian Association of Agricultural Cooperatives” – selected to be the umbrella organization within the project, the agricultural cooperatives consider this as a concrete incentive for reviving the concept of cooperatives, which should be complemented with additional institutional support.

The project representatives stated that the financial support was preceded by technical support for preparation of business plans of the agricultural cooperatives, while the initiatives for establishing new agricultural cooperatives received legal support to ease their registration process.

The funds for realization of this support have been provided within the “Support to Development of Agricultural Cooperatives” project, financed by the European Union and implemented by CARE Germany and “Macedonian Enterprise Development Foundation”.

Name of the cooperative

Place

Total amount (EUR)

Investment

# of members

Main Activity

 

Vegefresh

Kuklish, Strumica

113,061

Construction of an assembly facility for a purchasing distribution center

20

Vegetables (peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers, cabbage)

Eko-Ilinden

Mustafino, Sv.Nikole

88,128

Procurement of equipment-line for production of alfalfa pellets, expanses and other bulky crops for animal feed

12

Alfalfa

Juzhen biser plus

Stojakovo, Bogdanci

83,740

Reconstruction and adaptation of the utility and purchase of equipment: laboratory equipment, pallets, scale pallet, palletizing machine, sticker thermo printer, sewing machine, labeling scales, protective gases vacuum cleaner, zebra packer mesh packer for fruits and vegetables, rotary table, etc.

10

Fruits and vegetables

Krani

Krani, Resen

49,724

Procurement of machinery: tractor, wood crusher - cut branches, rear digger

28

Fruits (apples)

Maleshevo produkt

Berovo

46,358

Procurement of equipment and machinery (Mat ing fruit shaker machine; Same fruteto tractor; Dal Degan atomizer; Ino Elite mulcher; fruit extractor; four-plow plow)

10

Fruits (plums, sour cherries)

Nektar-BT

Bitola

65,730

Procurement of machines for: honey packaging, making wax bases, making sugar cakes, invert syrup, sugar mill and mixing mixer. Renovation of business premises (co-financing).

16

Honey

Petrushka reka Miravci

Miravci, Gevgelija

126,439

Construction of warehouse space that will include drying system, cooling system, warehouse space and office space

11

Fruits and vegetables

Prva lozarska kooperativa

Negotino

22,540

Procurement of equipment and machinery (Defoliation machine; green cutter machine and the removal of low cuttings)

14

Fruits (grapes)

Resgrup

Resen

58,351

Procurement of equipment: hydraulic lift platform and electric scissors

20

Fruits (apples)

Dabilchanka

Dabilje, Strumica

122,741

Investment in construction of warehouse space and loading ramp of total 300 m2. Investment in warehouse equipment and machinery - scales, forklifts, pallets, offices, toilets, staffing conditions, etc.

11

Vegetables (peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers, cabbage)

Eko-Ovchepolka

Skopje

43,111

Supply of equipment and machinery: manure dispensing trailer, garbage loader, equipment for traditional inox cheese production and preparation of elaborates

10

Milk and dairy products (sheep cheese from Pramenka Ovcepolka breed)

ZMK Usluzhna

Probishtip

113,438

Reconstruction of facility and supply and installation of equipment for the production of forage pellets and biomass: pelletizing machine, automatic lubrication unit, component mixer, shredder (crushing-milling machine), silo (3 m3), conveyor belt, pellet mill, biomass crusher, tractor, trailer, plow, as well as temperature and humidity equipment, solar collector, hydrofoil and security system.

17

Alfalfa

Organski zrak

Strumica

67,389

Procurement of: Freezing, cooling and maintenance equipment - chamber; Installation of photovoltaics for power generation and Reconstruction of the roof construction of the facility

13

Organic production (fruits and vegetables)

Prva organska zadruga

Valandovo

62,980

Procurement of machines

10

Organic production (almonds and honey)

Pchelin raj

Strumica

70,879

Reconstruction and adaptation of the facility which will house the equipment for spinning, packing and storing honey and other bee products. Procurement of professional equipment for collecting (10 collectors) and packaging bee venom. Purchase of lyophilizer. Branding and promotion.

15

Honey

Rekanski farmer

Trnica, Mavrovo

80,202

Procurement of: high-fat cows, goats, lactofreezers, tanker for safe transport of milk and laboratory equipment for testing the milk quality

11

Milk and dairy products

Shafran

Desovo, Dolneni

58,588

Supply and planting of saffron bulbs, drying equipment, planting machine (co-op will purchase), atomizer spray, fertilizer spray.

10

Saffron


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