IPA Cross-Border Development Project to Strengthen Agriculture SME’s Capacities Kicks-Off

Project Tittle: Agricultural Standards and Certifications, Capacity Building for Absorption of Funds and Marketing Strategies to support Economic growth and Trade

Good times for farmers and agro processors initiatives on both sides of Dibra.Creative Business Solutions, CBS, kicked-off the first EU development project under IPA cross-border program.

CBS was awarded the project by EU Delegation in Skopje as a lead partner in cooperation with Regional Development Agency 2 (RDA 2) and Commune of Debar.

The kick-off meeting, which took place in Debar was the first of the consortium and set up formal steps to start implementing project activities.

The project aims to strengthen agriculture SME’s productive capacity and access to market through Certification of Food Safety Standards, Capacity Building, Grant Applications as well as developing Marketing Strategies.

CBS representative Mr Ilir Pilku shaking hands with Commune of Debar Chairman Mr Ruzhdi Lata during the project kick-off presentation in Debar.

Beneficiaries of the project will be around 20 agribusiness entities that will be certified with HACCP, ISO22000, Global Gap and Organic standards, which will be accompanied by a complete Marketing Plan package as well as 15 agribusinesses assisted with the full application package to Alternative Financing.

An important part of the project will be a series of trainings that will have a positive impact on increasing business knowledge about standards and information on funding opportunities for investment plans through various grants.

At closing the project envisages a B2B activity where the agricultural enterprise in both regions involved in the project will present their produced products.

Joint staff from all project implementation protagonists during the launch at the Commune of Debar premises

The project implementations, worth 310,000 Euro, will be carried out in close cooperation with Municipalities/Agencies and the private sector in the region./AgroWeb.org

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