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Development of rural areas a priority says agriculture minister (Updated)

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File photo: Agriculture Minister Costas Kadis

The development of rural areas is a priority for the government, Agriculture Minister Costas Kadis said on Wednesday as the cabinet approved more support for agriculture and the rejuvenation of rural and remote areas.

Speaking in Athienou, at the inauguration ceremony for the revamped Vrysis square and the municipal park, he said these two projects were implemented as part of the rural development programme for the support of local development through the Larnaca and Famagusta district development company.

In addition to the interim instalment of 50 per cent of the total eligible cost of the investment provided for in the already announced project, the possibility of an advance payment without guarantee of up to 20 per cent and a maximum of €60,000 will be provided.

The cabinet also approved support for potato and vegetable farmers, a request made by the agriculture ministry to cover the increased costs of fertiliser and pesticides as a result of the impact of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Kadis said this would amount to €3.4 million, reminding that this is the second cabinet decision taken to counter the impact of the war.

“The total amount offered to farmers through the two decisions will add up to €13.5 million, allowing Cyprus to make the most of all of the tools formulated on an EU level to support the primary sector,” he said.

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