57 contracts were signed in the Palace of Serbia for the allocation of non-refundable funds for the improvement of the operations of cooperatives from all over Serbia.
The contracts for the cooperatives were signed by the Minister for the Care of the Village, Milan Krkobabic, and, as in the previous four years, the mayors or presidents of the municipalities also signed the contracts.
In the coming months, 15 farmers, 21 fruit growers, 6 cattle breeders, 4 vegetable growers, 4 winegrowers, 4 beekeepers, one cooperative engaged in the production of medicinal herbs will improve their business, and this year, for the first time, one tourist and one social cooperative received funds. Among them, two cooperatives from the extreme south of Serbia, from Bujanovac, received funds, as well as two farming cooperatives from Kosovo and Metohija, one from the village of Stanisor, and the other from Laplje Selo.
According to the Decree of the Government of the Republic of Serbia, 500 million dinars have been set aside this year for the Program of Support to the Development of Cooperatives by allocating non-refundable funds for the improvement of business and technological development of cooperatives. A total of 2.2 billion dinars have been invested in cooperatives since 2017, thanks to the “500 Cooperatives in 500 Villages” Program, created in cooperation with Minister Milan Krkobabic and the Academic Board for the Village, headed by Academician Dragan Skoric.
On November 1, the commission, led by Prof. Dr. Zorica Vasiljevic, approved 57 requests for grants intended to improve the operations of 18 old cooperatives, for which up to 15 million dinars per cooperative and 39 new cooperatives, which were awarded up to 7.5 million dinars.
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