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Serbia,Denmark sign agreement worth EUR 9 million

11. February 2012. | 10:41

Source: Tanjug

The governments of Serbia and Denmark signed in Belgrade on Friday the agreement which envisages EUR 9 million worth of investments for the enhancement of fruit production and processing in underdeveloped parts of southern Serbia.

The governments of Serbia and Denmark signed in Belgrade on Friday the agreement which envisages EUR 9 million worth of investments for the enhancement of fruit production and processing in underdeveloped parts of southern Serbia.

The agreement was signed by Serbian Minister of Agriculture and Trade Dusan Petrovic and Danish Ambassador in Belgrade Mette Nielsen Kewell.

After the signing, the Serbian minister specified that the Danish government would set aside EUR 5.35 million for the realisation of the programme, the Serbian government would allocate EUR 3.3 million for the purpose while local self-governments would have the obligation to invest EUR 300.000.

The assistance would be available to farmers from five districts, the Pcinja District, the Jablanica District, the Toplica District, the Nisava District and the Pirot District, Petrovic stated.

He noted that farmers would be granted subsidies for planting berry crops and procurement of equipment and refrigerators, and added that training activities would also be organised.

The Danish ambassador underscored that Serbia is already an important producer of berries and that the realisation of the programme is also important in terms of exports.

The aim of the programme is to enhance production and raise competitiveness of Serbian producers, the ambassador said and noted that the country already imports considerable quantities of Serbian fruit and that the export of processed products would also have to increase.

The programme should be realised in the period from 2012 to 2014.

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