EU4Agri project will focus on strengthening advisory and extension services across BIH with an emphasis on ensuring both wider availability to farms and agri-food enterprises, as well as higher quality of services provided. Advisory and extension services play an essential role in improving know-how, technical capacity and encouraging innovative practices across the sector, which, coupled with investment support, will contribute to improved competitiveness and productivity, market development, and ultimately income levels. Moreover, sound advisory services system is the key enabler of transition to sustainable agriculture.
The following three support measures are envisaged in this area:
- Support for agricultural extension delivery and linking science/research to farming;
- Support to advisory service providers for identification of funding opportunities and preparation of project proposals and business plans for agri-food operators; and
- Support to innovations and ICT in agriculture.
For the support to delivery of agricultural extension services and the linking of science and research to farming, project will provide financial resources ranging between EUR 20,000 and EUR 75,000 per project, requiring co-financing of approximately 15%.
When it comes to the support to advisory service providers for identification of funding opportunities and preparation of project proposals and business plans for agri-food operators, financial resources per project will range between EUR 10,000 and EUR 50,000, requiring co-financing at the level of up to 15%.
Finally, to support innovation and ICT solutions in agriculture, project will engage extension service providers in digitalisation of the agri-food sector and the adoption of ICT and other high-technology approaches through partnerships with agri-food operators and ICT companies. Financial assistance per project will range between EUR 15,000 and EUR 70,000, with required co-financing at the level of around 15%.