- Friday, April 20, 2018 3:12 PM
Skopje, 20 April 2018 (MIA) - Introduction of new technologies in agriculture is a priority for every country that wants to create a modern, developed and competitive agriculture output, Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Economy Ljupco Nikolovski told high-level forum "2gether 4 Strong Digital Agriculture" in Sofia on Friday.
Nikolovski stressed that the Macedonian Government is actively working on agriculture innovative systems for enhancement of information and communication technologies, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Economy said in a press release.
"After networking the registers and databases of relevant institutions, including the Ministry, the Payment Agency and the Food and Veterinary Agency, as well as digitization of the agriculture lots through the Land Parcel Identification System (LPIS), we have also managed to fully implement the Integrated Administration and Control System (IACS). The applications for state support are filed electronically and the Register of Agriculture Collectives and the Farm Accountancy Data Network (FADN) has been upgraded," said Nikolovski.
At the forum sidelines, Nikolovski and Bulgarian counterpart Rumen Porodzanov agreed on joint activities and Bulgarian support in Macedonia's preparations for the EU accession process.
Emphasis has been placed on the increased use of IPARD funds, accreditation of new measures and strengthening of human capacities.
Countries' working groups will start discussions on improvement of bilateral trade as of next week, reads the press release.
The Sofia forum, organized by the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, the Bulgarian Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forestry, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Institute for Agrostrategies and Innovations in Bulgaria, brings together agriculture ministers from the European Union, Western Balkans and Turkey, as well as farmers and experts in the field. ik/15:08
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