EU announced open call for applications to support green and organic agribusiness in Armenia
In order to promote sustainable, innovative and market- oriented agribusiness in Armenia, the EU Green Agriculture Initiative in Armenia (EU-GAIA) has announced an open call for applications to support green and organic projects. According to the EU press service, the EU-GAIA project is funded by the European Union and co-financed and implemented by the Austrian Development Agency (ADA) in cooperation with the United Nations Development Programme in Armenia. The project's Government counterpart in Armenia is the Ministry of Economy.
According to the source: "In partnership with the Ministry of Economy, we are glad to launch this new call for proposals aiming to make food systems fair, healthy and environmentally-friendly in Armenia, which is very much in line with the European Green Deal. We believe that farmers, small agribusiness producers will play a critical role in the COVID-19 recovery in the regions and overall transition towards more sustainable, competitive and resilient agriculture. The total size of this Agribusiness Support Programme within the EU-GAIA project is EUR 2,470,000 million", - as announced by EU Ambassador to Armenia Andrea Wiktorin.
In particular, in terms of green agriculture, we are talking about fruits, berries and vegetables (applications for participation can be submitted at the following link: https://mineconomy.am/page/1613, as well as grain crops, herbs and sheep breeding (for applications - https://mineconomy.am/page/1606.
At the same time, projects on organic agribusiness have no restrictions from the point of view of cultures and the region. To participate in the competition in this area, go to the following link: https://mineconomy.am/page/1613.
It was noted that, the support for small scale agribusinesses will be provided through agricultural production machinery and equipment, post-harvest and processing equipment and some infrastructural inputs. Successful applicants will also be involved in the capacity building and marketing initiatives of the EU-GAIA project, ensuring their green/organic business projects to have a successful start and progress. Only fixed assets will be provided, not monetary grants.