Ejub Ismajli, a civil servant in Kosovo’s Shtime region, was trained under the project to help farmers better decide what to plant, and when - as well as how to apply for government and other financial assistance.
“We help teach them to write proposals so that they will be able to apply for grants provided by the ministry of agriculture,” says Ismajli.
An estimated 4000 people are expected to benefit from the expanded operations and increased number of jobs being created by the agricultural project across the country.
Rexhep Spahiu says he’s hired more field hands and increased his crops, thanks to a project grant for new equipment, and a new greenhouse.
“We were importing fruits in the past, but in a very short time we have been able to meet all the needs of our local markets,” Spahiu says.
Spahiu is now producing enough pears, apples, and strawberries to meet local demand, with enough left over to export abroad.