EU funded projects in BiH

EU support to regional economic development in BIH Call VI AgroMAP NETWORK under Lot 1

PROJECT DETAILS

Sectors Competitiveness and innovation, Agriculture and rural development
EU Acquis chapters Agriculture and rural development, Enterprise and industrial policy
Programme Funding Year 2008
Value €322,607
Periods of implementation 2010
Locations KLADANJ, LJUBINJE, TREBINJE, LJUBUŠKI, ČAPLJINA, JABLANICA, KONJIC, STOLAC, KAKANJ, MAGLAJ, VAREŠ, VISOKO, ZAVIDOVIĆI, ZENICA, ŽEPČE

Results

The European Union established the AgroMAP network of MAP sector's collectors, producers and processors by having brought together 2,165 participants who networked together and share harvesting, cutting and packaging machines, distillers, refrigerators and other essential equipment. Together with educational workshops, this network has exchanged results in increased know-how and a wider skill set for those involved. We also increased the income of MAP sector actors by certifying plantations, marketing strategy developed, supply chain branding and foreign market product positioning. Also, an initiative to create an adequate credit line for the MAP sector has been launched. The wider target area also feels the economic benefits through raising plantations and ensuring survival and improvement of existing as well as further development of new opportunities for entrepreneurs.

SUMMARY

Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) are the generators of new employment and growth in Bosnia and Herzegovina. It is clear that support to MSMEs is crucial for future economic development in BiH. However, MSMEs are still facing a number of barriers for their growth and development. Removing those barriers requires coordinated and partnership based actions of all relevant stakeholders and counterparts. The European Union recognised those needs, and provided series of development projects to contribute to the increase of the growth, job creation and export potential of MSMEs in competitive sectors in Bosnia and Herzegovina, like metal and wood industries, dairy, fruits and vegetables and medial and aromatic plants. In that respect, this European Union project aimed at generating the economic growth and employment by increasing the competitiveness in the Medical and Aromatic Plants (MAP) sector. The project strengthened economically actors of MAP sector by creating value-added products, based on knowledge, networking, application of new technologies, demand driven market approach, and quality standards introduction.

RESULTS

The European Union established the AgroMAP network of MAP sector's collectors, producers and processors by having brought together 2,165 participants who networked together and share harvesting, cutting and packaging machines, distillers, refrigerators and other essential equipment. Together with educational workshops, this network has exchanged results in increased know-how and a wider skill set for those involved. We also increased the income of MAP sector actors by certifying plantations, marketing strategy developed, supply chain branding and foreign market product positioning. Also, an initiative to create an adequate credit line for the MAP sector has been launched. The wider target area also feels the economic benefits through raising plantations and ensuring survival and improvement of existing as well as further development of new opportunities for entrepreneurs.