The Kingdom of Norway, through the "Norway for you - Serbia" project, has supported eight companies in Prokuplje with about EUR 40,000 to enhance their business operations and increase competitiveness through the purchase of equipment, consultancy support and training courses.
The Deputy Ambassador of the Kingdom of Norway, Geir Håkon Johansen, and the Deputy Mayor of Prokuplje, Dejan Tonić, discussed today the support of the Kingdom of Norway, which contributed to the employment of five unemployed persons in Prokuplje.
"Improving the capacity for processing fruits and vegetables is one of our priorities for the development of agriculture in our region, and any form of support, such as this provided by the Kingdom of Norway, is very important. In this manner, we can boost the economy and raise the standard of living of our population", said the Deputy Mayor of Prokuplje, Dejan Tonić.
Through the project implemented by the "Ana and Vlade Divac" foundation, ten agricultural producers and food processors from the Toplica district have received support, including three companies from Prokuplje. Support included the procurement of equipment, certification and standardization, as well as product design, branding and packaging improvements.
"Through our project "Norway for you - Serbia", we support the socio-economic development of the country, and that is why I am glad to have such tangible results. Agriculture is one of the very important sectors in Norway as well, and that is why constant support is needed", said the Deputy Ambassador of the Kingdom of Norway, Geir Håkon Johansen.
Support was also provided to three Prokuplje companies from the metal processing industry, through activities conducted by the Vojvodina Metal Cluster, to improve their business operations and market appearance through business training courses, networking and joint appearances with other companies. As part of the public call for support to existing companies, equipment was procured for another two companies from Prokuplje, which will contribute to the creation of two new jobs.
Today, the Deputy Ambassador of the Kingdom of Norway also visited the company "Boki food", which has received a masher for fruits and vegetables and thus broadened its offer so as to include products made of rose hips, apples, pears and quinces. By purchasing this machine, the company has improved its production process, thus opening up opportunities for exports and market expansion, and creating one new job.