Vukovar-Srijem: Several Strategic Development Projects Allocated

Lauren Simmonds

Vukovar-Srijem County presented development projects, which stretch from nutrition all the way to geothermal sources. On Thursday in Vukovar, a themed conference saw the presentation of the development projects of that particular Eastern Croatian county.

As Marta Duic/Poslovni Dnevnik writes on the 5th of January, 2020, on this occasion, ten strategic development projects worth a massive 1.7 billion kuna were allocated. The director of the Development Agency of Vukovar-Srijem County, Ilija Cota, singled out five irrigation projects, two of which are underway as part of an effort to raise farms for the production of multi-yield crops and to move away from intensive crop production.

Projects in Blato near Cerna and Veliko Polje near Sopot are also underway, with two large-scale irrigation projects in preparation, namely Ervenica near Privlaka and the field near Lipovac, Cota said. He emphasised that the County Assembly has selected ten strategic projects, worth around 1.7 billion kuna in total, which are an integral part of the county’s development strategy with a focus placed on the food processing and wood processing sectors.

Andrija Matic, Head of Agriculture, highlighted thirteen projects which are currently under implementation or have already been completed, of which he particularly emphasises irrigation projects for which some 400 million kuna has been secured. Sasa Devic, Director of Geothermal Resources, presented the project for the exploration and exploitation of geothermal potential, emphasising that it is based on INA research conducted back in the 1980s when the existence of geothermal potential in the municipality of Babina Greda was initially indicated.

“It’s a strategic and very demanding project, both technically and financially, but implementation has begun, with the aim of putting natural resources at the service of sustainable economic development and job creation,” explains Devic.

Other projects such as the Agro-Technology Centre and Agro-Cluster and Competence Centre were also presented, which focus on the realisation of the project of the Slavonian Oak Wood and Technology Centre, worth 25 million kuna, which aims to strengthen the value of the forestry and the timber industry in Vukovar-Srijem County.

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