EU to award TRNC agricultural support grants on 24th February

An award ceremony will take place at the Lefke Gardens Hotel in Lefke on Thursday 24 February at 18:45 in order to officially award further grants to 188 Turkish Cypriot farmers and rural enterprises. The purpose of these EU awards is to help bring farming in the north in line with EU standards and best practices.

This is the second initiative of the type. The first, launched in December 2008, provided financial support for equipment purchases for dairy, crop and horticultural production. In that case, 141 grants ranging from €15,000 to €100,000 were awarded, up to 65% of the costs;  a total value of almost €5,000,000.

This second scheme was launched in June 2009  with aims to introduce new technologies to improve production quality along with environmental and occupational safety and hygiene. 47 grants have been awarded, ranging from €10,000 to €150,000,  in an attempt to modernise and upgrade post-harvest technologies for cereals, fruit, vegetable and potato and dairy processing. Another focus of these grants was to try to develop alternative rural incomes through rural tourism, rural micro-enterprises and small-scale fisheries and aquaculture.

The project is funded under the €259 million EU funded Aid Programme for the Turkish Cypriot community which is managed by the European Commission.

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