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Mr Petros Xenophontos added that every possible effort is being made to face the new challenges by improving the competitiveness of the agricultural sector

Υπ. ΓεωργΙασ: Η κ υβΕρνηση θα συνεχΙσει να στηρΙζε ι τον αγροτικo κoσμο

The government will continue to implement its pro-agricultural policy and support in every possible way the agricultural world of Cyprus, said the Minister of Agriculture, Rural Development and Environment Petros Xenophontos, adding that every effort is being made to face the new challenges by improving competitiveness of the agricultural sector and that the Strategic Plan of the Common Agricultural Policy 2023-2027 foresees a total funding of 454 million euros.

In his greeting at the 3rd Carrot Festival held on the evening of Saturday July 8 in Liopetri, the Minister stated that “the development of carrot cultivation has been based on the industriousness of farmers and has gradually become one of the most important vegetable crops in the region, occupying an area 600 decares with a total production of more than 2 thousand tons. Carrot cultivation employs a significant number of producers, as well as processing industries active in the production of traditional products”.

He added that the agricultural sector in Cyprus “represents, in numbers, a small part of the GDP, yet it exerts a significant influence on the other sectors of the economy thus multiplying its value. The international economic crisis that also affects our country, due to the rise in fuel and energy prices in general, demonstrates the necessity of supporting the agricultural production sector, since a large number of professions and workers are built around this primary production sector” .

At the same time, he continued “we must not overlook that agriculture contributes to the maintenance of the social fabric in rural areas and to the limitation of urbanization and desertification, while the exercise of agricultural activity protects and preserves the natural environment and landscape, and contributes to limiting the effect of climate change”.

In his greeting, Mr. Xenophontos also mentioned that as conditions have developed in recent years, “Cypriot agriculture is facing many challenges. The Government, and in particular the Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and Environment, taking into account these facts, is multifaceted and making every possible effort to face the new challenges by improving the competitiveness of the agricultural sector”.

He also noted that “for the support of agricultural activity and the sustainable development of the countryside, the role of the Strategic Plan of the Common Agricultural Policy 2023-2027, which foresees a total funding of 454 million euros, is expected to be decisive. The Plan includes measures and regimes that promote the sustainability and competitiveness of farmers while, at the same time, they aim to mitigate environmental problems and address climate change”.

At the same time, he continued “harmonizing with EU policies, the Ministry of Agriculture attaches particular importance to the expansion of actions to reorganize and improve the operation of the agricultural sector. Examples are the reform of the field of risk management in agricultural production, as well as the legislative arrangements to deal with Unfair Trade Practices in the supply chain of agricultural products and food, and the improvement of the way of operation of popular markets for the benefit of our farmers”.< /p>

The Minister of Agriculture also assured that “the Government will continue to implement its pro-agricultural policy and support our rural world in every possible way”.

Source: www.kathimerini.com.cy

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