Restoring farmers’ livelihoods after extreme floods in Serbia | FAO

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The FAO help packages to flood-affected farming households comprised a provision of crop seeds, fruit tree saplings, canes, fertilizer, livestock and animal feed, farming tools and beehives, in addition to the development of greenhouses and group of catastrophe danger discount and local weather change in agriculture workshops.

“The EU donation meant so much to all farmers within the space, no matter what sort of assist and help bundle they obtained,” beneficiary Jovan Petrovic states.

In autumn and winter 2014 and 2015, FAO sourced and delivered fruit saplings and canes to round 2 000 farms in 30 Serbian municipalities. Over 2 million plum, cherry, bitter cherry, raspberry and blackberry saplings and canes had been planted in chosen farmers’ orchards all through the nation, for a complete worth of 1.2 million euros.

The Petrovic household – one of many many beneficiaries
FAO offered fruit producers in Sabac municipality with a complete of over 450 000 licensed, high-quality raspberry cane varieties, together with Tulameen, Meeker and Polka.

The Petrovic household is one in all 254 beneficiaries within the municipality who utilized for a raspberry cane help bundle after 11 hectares of their land was flooded in Prnjavor, a city close to Sabac municipality. The household – Jovan, his spouse Gordana and their two sons Milan and Ivan – have grown raspberries for years.

Because of the flood damages, their raspberry canes had both dried out or had been fully destroyed. The household raises cattle and pigs, and cultivates maize, soybean, wheat and clover. Nevertheless, their one-half hectare raspberry subject has grow to be an essential supply of earnings. After making use of for assist, FAO delivered 1 800 high-quality, licensed Tulameen raspberry canes to the household in autumn 2014.

Identified for his or her giant yields and candy style, the Petrovics’ Tulameen canes produced six tonnes of raspberries grown on 50 acres of land. Household father Jovan Petrovic says he’s very glad: “The standard of the raspberry canes we obtained was excellent, as was our yield. Since this was the primary harvest, I count on even higher yields and better high quality outcomes for the next seasons. I’m grateful to all who helped restore our raspberry manufacturing after the floods.”

Coaching for the longer term
With a purpose to be taught from the previous and put together for the longer term and to assist the event of the Nationwide catastrophe danger administration programme, FAO organized coaching workshops on catastrophe danger discount and administration. Some 30 members, together with professionals from Serbia’s Ministry of Agricultural and Environmental Safety, the performing assistant director for the Workplace of Reconstruction and Flood Aid and FAO specialists, labored to outline precedence actions for catastrophe danger discount and administration actions within the agricultural sector. 

“This workshop marks a must shift to resilience-building measures associated to agriculture,” stated Olga Buto, a local weather change officer with FAO’s Regional Workplace for Europe and Central Asia. “Now that the preliminary shock of the flood has handed, everyone seems to be trying in direction of the longer term and is de facto dedicated to prevention, mitigation and preparedness. We all know that each greenback spent on prevention and preparedness saves three to 5 {dollars} on emergency response.”

In autumn 2016 a brand new sequence of trainings in Local weather Change Adaption was launched in Jap Serbia. In 42 trainings, farmers from seven municipalities shall be skilled on how one can higher adapt their cereal and fodder crops, fruit, livestock and vegetable manufacturing, to raised make the most of their agriculture equipment and enhance their farm administration practices, and to be extra ready and resilient to unfavourable influences of local weather change on agriculture.

Concerning the European Union Help for Flood Aid Programme
In response to the devastating floods in Might 2014, the United Nations Workplace for Mission Providers (UNOPS) in partnership with the FAO, the organizations HELP and ABS, the Danish Refugee Council (DRC), the Austrian Growth Company (ADA), the World Financial institution and the Authorities of Serbia, carried out the European Union Help for Flood Aid Programme.

The European Union is presently offering the biggest help for flood aid in Serbia with 92 million euros from the Instrument for Pre-accession (IPA) 2012 and IPA 2014. Funds are used for the development of recent homes, the rehabilitation of public buildings and infrastructure, personal homes and roads, in addition to for financial and agricultural restoration of municipalities that had been most affected by floods.


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