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29 million Kuna worth of agricultural land demining project started in Karlovac County

11.09.2015

After contract for demining was signed on September 1st, and Paying Agency for Agriculture, Fisheries and Rural Development decided to allocate the funds to Karlovac County, preconditions were met for the beginning of demining of agricultural land in the County area.
Work introduction by contractor company COR Ltd Požega and partners was carried out in the Sabljaka Modruških area in Josipdol municipality, according to the Project "Agricultural areas in the Karlovac County“ measuring 3.75 square kilometers in size, and should be commenced within 120 working days.
Introduction was attended by Assistant Minister of Agriculture Davorka Hajduković, Karlovac County Prefect Ivan Vučić, Josipdol Mayor Zlatko Mihaljević and CROMAC Director Dražen Jakopec with associates.
Mentioned demining operations have a total value of almost 29 million Kuna, out of which is 85% of grant aid from the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) for the reconstruction of agricultural land and production potential disrupted by natural disasters, adverse climatic conditions and catastrophic events along with 15 % of the funds coming from the State budget.
It should be noted that all of this year's projects regarding demining of agricultural land resulted from the activities and joint efforts of the Ministry of Agriculture, Office for Mine Action and Croatian Mine Action Centre so that in the Rural Development Program, under Measure M05 could be created conditions for the establishment of sub-measure 5.2. "Support for investment in the restoration of agricultural land and production potential disrupted by natural disasters, adverse climatic conditions and catastrophic events", or operation type 5.2.2. whose execution will allow demining of the entire agricultural land of the Republic of Croatia.
The realization beginning of demining of agricultural land resulted from the efforts and commitment of the Ministry of Agriculture, Office for Mine Action, Paying Agency for Agriculture, Fisheries and Rural Development and the Croatian Mine Action Centre on the one side and the excellent cooperation between the Counties with mine problem on the other side. All actions, starting with the lobbying for the inclusion of mine clearance activities in the Rural Development Program, through formalizing procedures for granting the aid, technical support in the design, implementation of public procurement, administrative processing of applications for support and finding other solutions to the final realization - made possible to use to the uttermost extent funding from EAFRD, with a goal of agricultural, mine suspected area of the Republic of Croatia clearance.

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