Rural Development
Sector Programme

European Union Aid Programme
for Turkish Cypriot community

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Farm Advisory Services (FAS)

The main purpose of the 26 month EU funded Farm Advisory Services project, starting in March 2016, is to support the establishment of an efficient and sustainable local farm advisory service. Developing farm advisory services by providing the latest technical advice and information to farmers, increasing farmer knowledge and skills and linking farmers with research, will result in increased family farm efficiency, increased production and generally an increase in the standard of living of farming families. Farm advisory services can have a powerful role in the development of agricultural production in the northern part of Cyprus. Main project activities include: • Development of a farm advisory strategy and support for implementation of the strategy; • Provision of technical advice to farmers in collaboration with the advisory bodies in charge of extension services; • Supporting private sector capacity in the delivery of advisory services; • Preparation of grant schemes for advisory services targeting the private sector to extend the offer and capacity through dedicated financial support; and • Development of a Monitoring and Evaluation system to measure performance with a view to assist in future planning, programming and development.