The Global Affairs Canada, implementing the Ukraine Horticulture Business Development Project (UHBDP), has decided to extend the project until March 31, 2022, whereas it was previously planned to be completed in 2021, project manager Dmytro Nikolayev said during a press conference in Kyiv. According to him, UHBDP for the period from 2014 to 2021 provided financial support for a total of UAH 43.25 million for 2,780 clients.
He clarified that by March 31, 2022, the project will additionally support clients under various programs in the amount of about UAH 20 million. He clarified that at present UHBDP focused on informing farmers about the legislative features of the land market launched from July 1, developing and implementing educational and online trading platforms, and providing grants for business restoration to the most vulnerable groups of agricultural producers.
As reported, UHBDP finances 30% of the total cost of projects, which are at least estimated at $ 200,000. The term of their implementation is a year and a half.
The Ukraine Horticulture Business Development Project (UHBDP) is funded by the Global Affairs Canada, implemented and co-financed by the Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA). MEDA works with Israel’s Agency for International Development Cooperation(MASHAV) and international service companies to provide technical support.
UHBDP works with producers from Zaporizhia, Kherson, Mykolaiv and Odesa regions, engaged in fruit and vegetable growing, berry growing, viticulture and beekeeping.
The Ukraine Horticulture Business Development Project (UHBDP) has announced the launch of the new grant program Small Environmental Grants to support horticulture business in Ukraine with a budget of CAD 125,000. “We would like to announce a new program of small grants… If we talk about the producers of fruits, vegetables and honey, then we are implementing this project in four southern regions of Ukraine, in which this production is focused: Mykolaiv, Kherson, Odesa and Zaporizhia regions. However, we understand that IT companies are located in different cities, therefore, we will accept applications from other regions of Ukraine for this part of the program,” UHBDP project manager Dmytro Nikolaev told reporters at the third Organic Ukraine 2019 International Congress on Friday.
UHBDP sees producers of honey, vegetables, fruits, berries and other producers of fruits and vegetables with and without organic certification, suppliers of equipment and IT tools among the program participants.
A mandatory condition for participation is an officially registered business.
The amount of grant assistance is from CAD 8,000 to CAD 12,500 for one project. The results of the grant competition will be announced by September 2019. Applications for participation in the competition can be submitted on the project’s website from April 1 to April 15, 2019.