Solution: The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia as a country with EU candidate status is using EU pre-accession funds. The Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance for Rural Development (IPARD) is one of them. The funds are aimed at precisely defined measures in the IPARD programme, including investment in agricultural holdings to restructure and to upgrade to community standards; investments in the processing and marketing of agriculture products to restructure those activities and to upgrade them to community standards; and diversification and development of activities.
Goals and objectives: The Center for Promotion of Sustainable Agricultural Practices and Rural Development - CeProSARD has prepared an IPARD online information toolkit with information for all potential applicants interested in using these funds.
Implementation: The toolkit includes all relevant information necessary for the application process, including:
- Application documents;
- Available bank loans;
- Contact information of companies-suppliers/producers of equipment and consultants eligible for IPARD funding;
- Contact information of relevant consultants for supporting the application process;
- Relevant documents, laws, rulebooks.
Achievements: IPARD toolkit is developed free of charge and easy to access. Right now, it has 70 registered local enterprises (consultant and suppliers/producers of equipment). It is regularly visited by farmers with a basic knowledge of IT and computer skills, by National Extension Agency Advisors and by private consultants helping farmers on issues related to IPARD.
Replication: The solution can be replication in the countries in pre-accession to EU.
Budget: The development of the tool was primarily supported from the Sida/MASSP2 programme with a €12,500 grant completed in December 2010. CeProSARD has since continued to update IPARD by providing human and financial resources for maintenance of the software.
Partner: Center for promotion of sustainable agricultural practices and rural development –CeProSARD
Svetlana Petrovska, CeProSARD Manager
Tel: (+38) 923061391