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Mr. Xenophontos said that the Ministry “but also myself personally, we are next to the Cypriot farmers, ready to listen to your needs and concerns”

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Halloumi exports during the first quarter of 2023 amounted to 111.8 million euros, corresponding to 20.49% of the value of Cypriot product exports, Minister of Agriculture, Rural Development and Environment Petros Xenophontos said on Saturday.

< p class="text-paragraph">In his greeting, on behalf of the President of the Republic, at the 4th Halloumi and Trahana Festival, in Meniko, which is broadcast by the GTP, Mr. Xenophontos referred to the registration in October 2021, from European Commission, of the name “Halloween” in the EU register as a Protected Designation of Origin product.

“This registration is a huge achievement and a great success for the Republic of Cyprus, the agricultural economy and the economy of our country in general. The registration now gives European recognition of the added value of halloumi,” he said.

But primarily, he added, “it contributes to ensuring its quality, as well as protecting it from imitative products which until now usurped its name and reputation. Products that have not been produced in Cyprus cannot be marketed in the European market under the name Halloumi”.

The Minister of Agriculture pointed out that “the demand for halloumi from foreign markets there is an increasing trend. Exports, during the first quarter of 2023, amounted to 111.8 million euros, which corresponds to 20.49% of the value of Cypriot product exports”.

Nevertheless, he said, “we should in no way ignore and downplay the importance of maintaining and safeguarding the high quality of our product, which is directly linked to its high levels of market demand”.

He added that “the quality of halloumi, as stated in the registration specifications, is largely due to the local goat and sheep milk used to make it”.

Mr. Xenophontos continued by saying that “undoubtedly, preserving the quality and value of Halloumi requires a collective effort from both its producers and the milk producers”.

In this effort, he assured, “the Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and Environment will always be helpful”.

“Recognizing the valuable contribution, but also the significant difficulties faced by the goat and sheep farming sector in Cyprus, in the context of the Strategic Plan of the Common Agricultural Policy 2023-2027, we have prioritized the provision of support and additional incentives to our goat and sheep farmers”, he said. quoted a series of incentives designed by the Government to increase the production of goat and sheep milk and improve livestock units.

Mr. Xenophontos said that the Ministry “but also myself personally, we are next to the Cypriot farmers, ready to listen to your needs and concerns”.

“Only with cooperation, we will be able to achieve our goals, which, like no other, from upgrading our Cypriot agri-food sector, improving the competitiveness of local products and revitalizing our countryside,” he noted.

It would not be an exaggeration, he concluded, ” to say that halloumi is the “diamond” of traditional Cypriot agricultural products and the pioneer in opening roads to international markets and for other Cypriot agricultural products such as trachanas”.

Source: www.kathimerini.com.cy

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