Some 150 small farming households affected by last year’s devastating floods received practical help today from the European Union and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The assistance, aimed at restoring their livelihoods, comes as part of the EU’s total flood recovery package to Serbia valued at Euro 30 million.
Each of the beneficiary farms received 200 kilograms of certified barley seed, and will receive 300 kilos of mineral fertilizer in a few days’ time. Over the next few days, more than 900 families in Loznica are targeted to receive different spring crop packages – such as barley, livestock peas, lucerne and corn, along with mineral fertilizer – under the current round of support.
Present for today’s event were Snezana Bogosavljevic Boskovic, Minister of Agriculture and Environmental protection, Oscar Benedict, Deputy Head of the EU Delegation in Serbia, and Vidoje Petrovic, President of Loznica municipality. “I am happy to be here to witness the spring crop assistance packages being delivered to the small farming families in Loznica, said Bogosavljevac Boskovic. “I am sincerely thankful to the EU for this much needed assistance, and to FAO for bringing the assistance to the farmers in a very timely way to meet the planting season.”
“The EU continues to stand by the Serbian people during this process of recovery of livelihoods for the small farmers, and I am happy to be here to witness the fifth round of support coming to Loznica from the EU through FAO,” said Benedict. “The overall aim of the agricultural component of the EU’s €30m flood relief package is to assist more than 17,000 small farming households, helping to restore their livelihoods and improve quality of their lives.” “We are thankful to the EU for the continued livelihood assistance, which has not only assisted our farmers for recovering their livelihoods, but also provided psychological support and a sigh of relief,” said Petrovic. “I sincerely thank the EU for standing with us during this difficult time, and I am also pleased to collaborate with FAO to bring this much-needed livelihood assistance in time.”
Source : Fao