03 February 2019 - Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Milutin Simović and Director General of National Television of Montenegro Božidar Šundić signed a Memorandum of Cooperation between the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and National Television of Montenegro on donation of necessary equipment for the needs of the Radio of Montenegro, in particular the realization of the show "Sundays about countryside and agriculture".
The Memorandum was signed immediately after Deputy Prime Minister Simović was a guest in this show, traditionally held every year after the adoption of the Agro budget. On this occasion, representatives of National Television of Montenegro also received equipment in the form of laptops and digital recorders, which will greatly facilitate their work in the field.
DPM Simović expressed his satisfaction to have the opportunity to show respect for the show, which has been continuously broadcasted on the Radio Montenegro for seven decades.
On the same occasion, Deputy Prime Minister and the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Milutin Simović was a guest at the Radio of Montenegro, on the "Sundays about Countryside and Agriculture" show regarding the Agro budget for this year and the trends in the development of Montenegrin agriculture in general. In the context of supporting the development of the north, he especially pointed out that in the Agro budget only were created 24 rural measures for rural development, in the amount of 32.7 million EUR.
"This means that in this year we have a growth of funds of over 9 million euros or about 40 percent to support rural development," Simović said while reminding that last year a dominating number of realized projects and support funds was in the north.
According to Simović, the amount of funds for the implementation of measures to improve the quality of life on the countryside has been significantly increased.
"The funds for the construction of infrastructure have been increased by about 1 million EUR, and for this purpose will be allocated 2.260.000 EUR," Simovic said, adding that the Government is also investing significant funds in the implementation of projects to improve other infrastructure needed for rural areas such as educational and other needs of the population. He also announced that starts construction and equipping of the Agriculture House for the North of Montenegro in Bijelo Polje, where all expert and advisory services will be consolidated and will become a recognizable address of all manufacturers in the north.
Speaking of the overall support to Montenegrin agriculture, which covers three areas with Agro budget: agriculture (within which is rural development), fisheries and operational programs, Simović expressed satisfaction that the Agro budget this year increased by 31 percent and amounted to 52.4 million EUR. He reiterated the assessment that the Agro budget is both European and domestic, as it represents an expression of the EU's provided support, as support to Montenegro's overall progress on its European path, the expression of Montenegro's agrarian policy, in financial and meaningful sense, with the increase of funds from the national budget as a responsible Government attitude towards valuable hosts and entrepreneurs and the strengthening of domestic institutions.