IKC held the 6th Regional Conference on “Problems and challenges that accompanied Kosovar agriculture during the year that we are leaving behind”

On 13.12.2018, Initiative for Kosovo Community (IKC) organized the Sixth Annual Regional Conference on “Problems and Challenges that accompanied Kosovo’s agriculture during the year that we are leaving”

This conference was organized by IKC within the framework of the project “Sustainable Rural Development and Reconciliation in Kosovo”, funded by We Effect that aimed addressing issues and discussing the challenges and obstacles that our country’s farmers faced during 2018.

Panelists at this conference were Mr. Ekrem Bajrami, Executive Director at IKC; Mrs. Shqipe Dema, Director of the Department of Rural Development Policies (Managing Authority) at MAFRD; z. Kujtim Uka, Director of the Food and Veterinary Laboratory at the Food and Veterinary Agency, Ekrem Gjokaj, acting Executive Chief at the Agency for Agricultural Development; z. Mufail Salihaj, Professor at the Faculty of Agriculture and Veterinary, University of Prishtina.

Participants to this conference were farmers, representatives of women’s and men’s organizations, officials from local institutions of south-eastern Kosovo, representatives from civil society, students of the Faculty of Agriculture and Veterinary in UP, and many other guests.

This conference addressed the main challenges that Kosovar farmers faced during this year. In this regard, panelists representing public institutions presented their work and contribution during 2018 that they implemented to contribute to the development of Kosovo’s agriculture. On the other hand, the present farmers addressed the problems they are facing and the difficulties they are experiencing in their development, and also presented their requests to the relevant institutions.

Also during this conference IKC presented the work implemented during 2018, including the main events that were organized this year. This presentation was made with the purpose of informing the public about the activities and initiatives implemented during 2018 by the organization IKC. During this presentation, the launch of the transformation process of the IKC organization into a member-based organization was highlighted; lobbying and advocacy activities of IKC; IKC contribution to capacity building of farmers in Southeast Kosovo, IKC cooperation with local and central authorities, etc.