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The Government, and specifically the Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and Environment, is multifaceted and making every effort to face the new challenges by improving the competitiveness of the agricultural sector, said Thursday evening the Minister of Agriculture, Rural Development and Environment, Petros Xenophontos , mentioning at the same time that the registration of the name “Cypriot red potato” in the Register of the European Union as a Product of Geographical Indication is in progress.

In his greeting at the International Festival of the Great Wood-eater Potato, Mr. Xenophontos said that “agriculture is a very important part that contributes decisively to the socio-economic fabric of every country. This is also proven at the European level, since it is no coincidence that the first, most complete and most comprehensive policy established and implemented in the European Union is the Common Agricultural Policy, which today absorbs 40% of the EU budget”, he pointed out.

He noted that in the case of our country, although the agricultural sector represents, in numbers, a small part of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), it nevertheless exerts a significant influence on the other sectors of the economy, thus multiplying its value.

< p>“At the same time, we must not overlook that agriculture contributes to nutritional sufficiency, to the preservation 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”, he added.

Mr. Xenophontos 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, he pointed out, 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 the effects of climate change.

The Minister of Agriculture also said that the recent announcements of the two most important development measures of the 2014-2020 Rural Development Program, a) Regulation 4.1 to provide financial support for investments in the primary sector and b) Measure 6.1 to provide support for the first establishment of new farmers showed the strong interest of the agricultural world in modernizing their existing farms and employment of our rural youth in the primary sector.

After examining all the applications received, it was decided to increase the subsidy amount to 70 million euros, from the 36 million euros that was initially foreseen, a fact which allowed the approval of all the applications that met the participation criteria, he said.

At the same time, he noted, the Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and Environment, harmonizing with the EU policies, gives particular importance to the expansion of actions to reorganize and improve the operation of the agricultural sector.

Examples are, he said, the reform of area 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 the People's Markets operate for the benefit of our farmers.

He stated that during the last 4 years, when the institutional framework is being applied, more than 8 million euros were paid by the Agricultural Production Risk Management Fund to support the potato farming sector.

Also, to address the problems that created by Russia's invasion of Ukraine, it was decided to support the 2022 spring potato harvest with a special budget plan of 3.5 million euros.

In addition, he said that the registration of the name “Cypriot red potato” in the Register is underway of the European Union as a Geographical Indication Product.

“The registration of the name 'Cypriot red potato' in the Register of Geographical Indications of the EU is expected to contribute to the further upgrading of Cypriot potato cultivation as Geographical Indications enable consumers to trust and distinguish quality products, while at the same time, it helps producers to better market their products”, he pointed out.

Source: 24h.com.cy

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