On 18.12.2019, Initiative for Kosovo Community (IKC) organized the Seventh Annual Regional Conference on Challenges in Agriculture in Kosovo.
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 2019.
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; Director of the Food and Veterinary Laboratory at the Food and Veterinary Agency ; 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. The main topic of discussion was the safety and quality of food. In this regard, panelists representing public institutions presented their work and contribution during 2019 that they implemented to contribute to the development of Kosovo’s agriculture. On the other hand, the present farmers address the problems they are facing and the difficulties they are experiencing in their development, as well as presenting their requests to the relevant institutions. During the discussion all consumers were concerned about the safety and quality of food, the relevant institutions should have more stringent controls on both domestic and imported products, also how manufacturers should implement international food standards such as those of HACCAP and other international food standards.