Agriculture Minister, Branislav Nedimovic said that, as of 1st January, 2018, Serbia would start implementing a new integrated food safety control system that was developed with the help of the EU.
Nedimovic also announced the launch of the first competition for allocation of IPARD funds for farmers in December.
At a press conference, Nedimovic said that the information systems used by the Veterinary Directorate, Plant Protection Directorate and Agricultural Inspection would be integrated with the new system.
“The new integrated food safety control system would help in managing food safety from a centralized location thus protecting internal marketing. The system will also facilitate export”, Nedimovic explained.
Once the system is in place, it will show information about ongoing and completed procedures, as well as information which crops are being grown at what land plot, and whether certain food is suitable for export, i.e. whether the food has all required permits.
“Private companies will greatly benefit from this, especially those that are export-oriented. The system will monitor the process starting with producers and processors, all the way to warehouses and export companies. They are all going to be covered by the system”, the minister says.
Nedimovic said that the relevant training in all veterinary, phytosanitary and agricultural inspections has already begun, and the control data would be uploaded to a special website where it will be made available for public to see.
The Deputy Head of the EU Delegation to Serbia, Mateja Norčič Štamcar, said that the European Union allocated 1.3 million EUR for the project, and an additional 300,000 EUR for equipment procurement, in order to ensure the long-term sustainability of the system.
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