24 July 2020
The first meeting of the Irrigation Strategy Working Group (ISWG)
The first meeting of the Irrigation Strategy Working Group (ISWG) was held on 24 July 2020. The meeting was held online, i.e. via the Zoom app, due to the COVID 19 outbreak. The meeting was chaired by Nataša Milić, Director, Republic Water Management Directorate, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management of the Republic of Serbia, who holds the position of ISWG Chair, as well.
On this occasion, she stated: ”We are extremely glad that the drafting of the Irrigation Strategy of the Republic of Serbia is starting. In the next two years, we will identify concrete investment priorities, which will increase agricultural productivity and sustainable production while protecting the environment, and climate change resilience via enhanced and newly developed irrigation networks.”
Miljan Ždrale, EBRD Regional Head of Agribusiness, Central and South-Eastern Europe, said: “The project is aimed at enabling the involvement and participation of all relevant institutions, government agencies, scientific institutes, the private sector, farmers and their organizations in addressing one of the largest challenges of the Serbian agriculture – strategic improvement and modernization of irrigation systems, based on the collection and analysis of relevant data.“
According to Emmanuel Hidier, Senior Economist, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (UN FAO), Project Coordinator, FAO has extensive global experience and expertise in agricultural water management and development of irrigation investment plans, so it will be able to provide adequate technical assistance in the development and implementation of the Irrigation Strategy and Action Plan for Serbia.