Within the project "Norway for You - Serbia", the Kingdom of Norway supports the employment of young people in the Toplica District in the field of agriculture. Through the project "Support to youth employment in the fruit and vegetable sector in the Toplica District", implemented by the "Ana and Vlade Divac" Foundation, a call was opened for companies to implement business ideas in these areas in Prokuplje, Žitorađa, Kuršumlija, and Blace.
This competition envisages support for ten beneficiaries, among whom may be entrepreneurs, small and medium enterprises, associations, cooperatives, and social enterprises engaged in the processing of fruits and vegetables, registered in the Toplica district.
"As an area where growing fruits and vegetables are the most represented of all economic activities, I expect many quality projects and ideas from our entrepreneurs, which will enable this project to be implemented as successfully as possible and as many young people as possible to get jobs," the Head of the Toplica District Zlatan Miljković said.
The objective of the project "Support to youth employment in the fruit and vegetable sector in Toplica district", which is implemented together with the municipalities of Prokuplje, Blace, Žitorađa and Kuršumlija, is to improve the business environment, which will be enabled by financial and mentoring support of local companies, making them sustainable and more competitive.
"With great pleasure, we are now starting this project in cooperation with our partners - the Embassy of the Kingdom of Norway, UNOPS and four municipalities. We are glad to support 40 young people from the Toplica District who will go through a series of workshops, trainings to improve their business skills that will enable them to enter the market and remain competitive," the Director of the Foundation "Ana and Vlade Divac" Ana Košel said.
The total value of the project "Support to youth employment in the fruit and vegetable sector in the Toplica district", which is supported by the Kingdom of Norway, is USD 100,742.