JUNE 13 2012 20:53h
Jakovina said that water management projects were worth 1.5 billion kuna, adding that a portion of those funds came from the Hrvatske Vode water management company and the Ministry, while 150 million euros were loans from the European Investment Bank, of which 40 million euros will be used this year and the rest in 2013.
Speaking of the current programs, Jakovina mentioned 59.5 million kuna in grants to wood-processing companies and 50 million kuna in grants to the food industry, for which tenders will be announced next week.
He said that the use of funds from the EU's IPARD pre-accession program was improving.
The minister announced that the second instalment of grants to farmers, totalling 1.2 billion kuna, would be paid later this month. He recalled that 1.3 billion kuna had been paid in grants in the first half of the year.
Jakovina also announced that a bill on agricultural land, which should ensure reform of the land policy, would be put up for public debate later this month. (Hina)