900 new agreements were signed for leasing state-owned agricultural land in 20 municipalities

Ljupчоo Nikolovski / Morning briefing - Photo: Free Press - Dragan Mitreski

Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Economy, Ljupчоo Nikolovski today signed 900 new agreements for leasing state-owned agricultural land for areas up to three hectares.

These agreements are for the two public calls published in August 2021 for areas in Bitola, Makedonski Brod, Vinica, Delchevo, Kocani, Kriva Palanka, Krushevo, Kratovo, Kavadarci, Rosoman, Negotino, Probistip, Radovish, Veles, Berovo, Pehchevo, Valando , Gevgelija, Strumica, Prilep and Stip, announced the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Economy.

- In the period 2017-2019, emphasis was placed on increasing the arable land through equitable distribution of state land. 700 agreements for leasing state agricultural land were concluded, 4.000 hectares of state agricultural land were leased for up to 3 and over 3 hectares, 35 agreements were concluded for an area of ​​124 hectares for the production of animal feed. For the first time, an investment announcement was published and 17 contracts were signed for the construction of wineries, slaughterhouses, mills, greenhouses and purchase centers, with a total investment of 11 million euros, and contracts were signed for the purchase of state-owned agricultural land under greenhouses and auxiliary facilities in operation. Through amendments to the Law on Agricultural Land, young farmers up to 40 years of age were exempted from paying rent in the first three years of the lease, according to the MAFWE.

The Minister pointed out that the contracts of the applicants will be awarded in the field and that the practice started in the period 2017-2019 of non-selective distribution of land to real farmers, will continue in the coming period.

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