Kadis: In addition to € 20 million, the support of the agricultural sectors

In the agricultural sector, more than 30 measures have been taken to date to address the effects of the pandemic and more than 20 million euros have been allocated to support all affected agricultural sectors, said Minister of Agriculture, Rural Development and Environment Costas Kadis.

Speaking on Friday at the annual Meeting organized by the Limassol District Secretariat of the Panagrotikos Association of Cyprus, Mr. Kadis referred to the challenges still facing the agricultural sector in the country, saying that the economic crisis of the previous decade was followed by the pandemic of “It still complicates the economic life of our country, having an impact on the agricultural sector as well.”

The government, he said, is using all available resources to deal with the pandemic and is trying to reduce its economic impact. He also said that the implementation of the Recovery and Resilience Plan, in the context of supporting the economies of the member states affected by the pandemic, will lead to the allocation, for Cyprus, of resources amounting to approximately 1.2 billion euros.

He also said that the strategic goal of the Ministry is the continuous progress and development of the agricultural sector, having as priorities the modernization and the improvement of the competitiveness of the agricultural holdings, as well as the support of the production of quality agricultural products.

“To achieve these goals, we are implementing all available European financial instruments. “From 2014, when the current period of the Rural Development Program has begun, until 2022, when its transitional period ends, more than 850 million Euros will have been channeled to our rural world,” he said.

The role of the new Common Agricultural Policy for the period 2021-2027 is expected to be crucial for the further support of agricultural activity and the sustainable development of the countryside.

Mr. Kadis also mentioned that special importance is given to highlighting the uniqueness of Cypriot products. “The registration of halloumi as a product of Protected Designation of Origin is a significant collective success, while our constant pursuit is the inclusion of our other agricultural products in the lists of geographical indications of the European Union,” he said.

In the same direction, at the national level, only recently, the Council of Ministers has approved the bill for the establishment of the award of the Cyprus Mark to quality agricultural products of our country, he added.

Finally, the Minister reaffirmed Panagrotikos for the will of the Government and the Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and Environment to continue to support, in all ways, the agricultural sector of the place and the Cypriot farmer.

Source: KYPE

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