Minister of Agriculture Marija Vučković awarded 124 new contracts to beneficiaries under the Call for Proposals for Project Financing in 2019 as part of the Program of Financing Local Infrastructure Projects, Rural Development, Entrepreneurship and Crafts in Areas Populated by National Minorities.
The total value of the newly signed contracts is 7.4 million kuna. The maximum amount that can be awarded to a single family farm is 60,000 kuna. This week, each farm will receive the total amount of their grant. The eligible applicants for this call were family farms entered in the Farmers’ Register whose economic size is between EUR 500 and EUR 4,999, measured as total standard output. The farmers’ project activities will be conducted in the areas of the local self-government units which belong to one of the first four groups according to their development index and whose share of resident members of national minorities exceeds 5% of the total population, according to the Population Census of 2011. This will ensure that most of the money—3 million kuna—is paid to the least developed 1st group, while 2.22, 1.48 and 0.72 million kuna will be paid to the 2nd, 3rd and 4th group respectively.
“Through these types of financing, we help reduce unemployment in these areas, as well as contribute to the socio-economic empowerment of small family farms in assisted areas populated by national minorities. In this manner, we will provide encouragement and support in their transition to market-oriented production, sustainable development and the inclusion of household members in the operation of the family farm.”, Minister Vučković commented at the award ceremony.
In accordance with the Program of Rural Development in Agriculture, Tourism, the Processing Industry and Forestry for 2019 and 2020, the Ministry of Agriculture will publish a call for proposals in 2020 as well, and allocate funds from the state budget of the Republic of Croatia for supporting small family farms with regard to sustainable development, production volume increase, modernization and business advancement, as well as contribute to sustaining employment and creating new jobs in rural areas.