Thirty eight farmers from Bijeljina signed on November 15th, 2018 contracts for agricultural production support packages. Contracts define the content of support packages that are made of greenhouses, input supplies for beekeeping, greenhouse production or agriculture, small agricultural equipment, as well as expert and technical support in order to provide beneficiaries with corresponding training and mentoring.
Farmers are supported as part of the Flood Recovery – Housing Interventions Programme, valued at 15 million euro and financed by the European Union in cooperation with Government of Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Government of Republika Srpska, UNDP in BiH and local authorities. Program is implemented in 44 municipalities and cities in BiH by UNDP, International Organisation for Migration (IOM), Arbeiter-Samariter-Bund (ASB), Hilfswerk International Austria (HWA) and partner municipalities and cities.
Contract signing ceremony was attended by Richard Máša, Head of Cooperations in Delegation of European Union to BiH, Sukhrob Khoshmukhamedov, Deputy Resident Representative of UNDP in BiH and Mićo Mićić, Bijeljina city mayor.
„During all these years, European Union supports the development of Bosnia and Herzegovina. We continue to provide help where it is needed the most. This project is part of the larger programme of total value of 41 milion euro that focuses on construction and reconstruction of housing units, as well as on support to small and medium enterprises“ said Richard Máša.
„The Programme will not stop at merely providing roofs over heads of the most vulnerable families in Bijeljina. Through its economic component, we will work to provide a sustainable source of income that matches the needs and available resources of the eligible families“ said Sukhrob Khoshmukhamedov.
Delegation also visited families in Pučile settlement whose homes were destroyed in 2014, and who received new houses under this project. Through Flood Recovery Programme, new houses will be built for 44 families in Bijeljina, while 120 families will have their homes repaired in order to achieve appropriate living conditions.
Flood Recovery – Housing Interventions Programme represents the continuation of efforts of European Union on alleviating the effects of record breaking 2014 floods. Programme, that started in September 2017, aims to provide safe housing and economic empowerment to the most vulnerable families whose homes were destroyed or badly damaged in 2014 floods and landslides.