Providing financial support to farmers, Slovakia
In Slovakia we are working with the National Agriculture and Food Centre to provide a grant scheme for small-scale farmers and food producers. This aims to provide educational support in areas such as business skills, quality, innovation and processing.
The grant scheme is part of the Slovak Tesco Foundation and is open to small-scale and self-employed farmers, food producers or those involved in the agriculture, water and forestry industries. Since 2014, €135,000 has been given out in the form of grants.
Individual grants are given up to €15,000 and are to support educational activities such as seminars, courses, training and consultancy in the following areas:
- Sanitation and production practices in food production
- Product labelling
- Technical and management know-how for SMEs
- New trends and technology in food processing
- Innovation and sustainability
- Ecology and animal welfare
One of the highlights of the programme in 2015 was the workshops that were organised to take place across Slovakia on quality and innovation in food production. More than 240 farmers attended and benefited from them. We also organised a conference in October 2015 to launch a new Food Hygiene Guide for food processing which is relevant to small and family farmers. The Ministry of Agriculture, Slovak Land Fund, Ecotrend (an organic farming association) and Slovak Agriculture University all attended the conference with farmers and producers.
“I am very pleased that Tesco is making an effort to improve and enhance co-operation with producers and processors from the Slovak food and agricultural industry.”
Stefan Mihina – Chief Executive, National Agricultural and Food Centre