Official title of the project

Cheese Cluster South – City of Nis

Project information

Region / City
Total budget of programme / project


Implementation period
2010. Jun - 2012. May
Expected results
  • Improved communication and networking of regional stakeholders for joint action;
  • Enhanced awareness of the benefits of clustering in accessing existing and new markers
  • Increased capacities of RDA South in the establishment and management of a sector cluster;
  • Improved competitiveness of regional dairies by the introduction of updated technologies;
  • Recommendations for further development of milk industry with the special emphasis on the primary production and individual producers;
  • Raised levels of citizen’s awareness of the quality of domestic and regional products;

City of Nis


Municipality of Pirot, Municipality of Prokuplje, Regional Development Agency South

Summary of the project

Development of regions successful sectors which include cheese production focus on actions in sectors and sub-sectors which are important to the regional/sub regional economy, to harness the employment creation potential from inter-trading, the localised sourcing of procurement and non-competitive collaboration between enterprises. Main problems dairies, cheese producers in the region of Toplica, Nisava and Pirot district are facing are: low production capacities of region's cheese producers, nonexistence of standardization and partial or total disrespect of quality standards in food production, bad connection of local actors and their unpreparedness to respond to the competence which comes from outside the region, poor organization of the market for raw material production (milk volume and quality), initial recognition of this part of Serbia as successful cheese producer but not as a recognized regional brand and huge monopoly of food distribution market (dairy products). Target groups are: dairies from Toplica, Nisava and Pirot districts, representatives of local administration from Pirot, Nis and Prokuplje, Regional Development Association and complete population of this region. Final beneficiaries are RDA South and dairies.

Programme/Project objectives

Creation of the favourable business environment and development of the region by strengthening capacities to support the balanced regional development

Specific objectives

  • To upgrade operation of regional and municipal structures for the creation of new jobs;
  • Support new methods of operations through awareness raising for cluster pooling.