Poultry sector Gets New Wings in Bosnia and Herzegovina
Eleven organizations from the BiH poultry sector signed the grant agreements today with USAID/Sweden FARMA II project, for the implementation of projects with the with the objective to improve the competitiveness of the BiH poultry sector in the international markets, while improving the food safety and hygiene standards for the local consumers as well.
“We are grateful to the USAID and FARMA II for assisting us first with their advice and guidance, when we planned to start exporting to EU. And now, with this kind of direct assistance, in awarding grants to our members, which will be directed at improving the technology in accordance with EU regulations on producing safe food and ecologically safe waste disposal,” stated Nebojsa Rakic, chairman of RS Association of Poultry Producers from Srbac, one of the grantees.
USAID/Sweden FARMA II received in total 82 applications, out of which 11 qualified for grants. Total investment value of these grants is 1.6 million BAM. USAID and the Embassy of Sweden will support these projects with more than 600,000 BAM, while grantees will invest over 1.000.000 BAM.
“Grant which we have received today will be invested in purchase of laboratory equipment, which will guarantee production of safe food. Our 150 cooperants will also benefit from this, since they will have a possibility to continuously monitor the quality of their products, but also of their production facilities,” stated Damir Softic, deputy manager Brovis company from Visoko.
Thirty-seven new working place will be opened through these projects, and direct assistance will be given to more than 30, and indirectly to more than 100 producers in poultry sector. Awarded grants will be used as an assistance in all value chain phases, from purchasing incubators, through equipping, automatisation and modernisation of farm facilities, to purchase of laboratory equipment and improvement of energy efficiency. Most of the awarded grants is directed to improving the hygiene and quality of final products.
The beneficiaries are poultry companies: Madi doo Tesanj, Farmavit doo Ljubinja, Kiko doo Bijeljina, Brovis dd Visoko, Poljovet doo Gradačac, Agromix doo Doboj, agricultural producer Grozdanovic Zdravko Derventa, association Zajednica živinara RS Srbac, Bios-S doo Srebrenica, Avis DM doo Srbac and Andrić Farm doo Pelagićevo.