Total: 3,88 M EUR
EU Contribution: 2,78 M
Co-financing: Government of Serbia: 0,1 M EUR; German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development : 1 M
Diractorate for Agricultural Land (DAL) within the Ministry of Agriculture Forestry and Water Managment
- Staff of Ministry and (DAL)
- Staff of Republican Geodetic Authority and of Pilot Municipalities in Serbia
- Owners of Agricultural Land
Agriculture is one of the key components of Serbia’s economic development. And has a significant social role through its contribution to food security and rural employment. Up to 80% of the active working population in rural areas is involved in farming, but with over 600,000 farms having less than 5ha of land much of this activity is for household consumption only, rather than production for markets.
The fragmentation of agricultural land, abandonment of land especially in the eastern and southern region of Serbia are major problems for Serbia’s agriculture sector. Compared to the EU countries, Serbia’s agricultural holdings are fragmented and thus less efficient. Experience from other European countries suggests that investing in land consolidation, although costly, can have high returns. The benefits of such a program include increased production and employment, higher tax revenues, better rural conditions, increased market values for consolidated properties, improved ownership conditions, better infrastructure, and accurate property registers and cadastral maps.
German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development + Municipal Economic Development in the Danube Region; Budget: 8,445 Mio EUR; Implementation Period: 1/20117 -12/2016; Objective: Fostering local and regional economic development in Eastern Serbia.