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Support to the State Veterinary Office in relation to controls over production and processing of dairy products intended for export to the EU

The assignment was carried out as part of ORGUT’s subcontract with Chemonics International within the USAID/Sida project – FARMA in Bosnia-Herzegovina. The purpose of USAID/Sida FARMA is to provide technical assistance in agricultural sub-sectors through demand driven assistance aimed at improved competitiveness of agricultural products. USAID/Sida FARMA is a development project jointly funded by USAID and Sida and implemented in Bosnia and Herzegovina. USAID/Sida FARMA is to expand environmentally sustainable production, processing, and sales of value-added agricultural products. The expected result of FARMA is contribution to poverty reduction. USAID/Sida FARMA is implemented by Chemonics International with ORGUT as a subcontractor. ORGUT provides consulting services aiming at increasing agricultural competitiveness, meeting EU accession standards, reducing poverty by expanding environmentally sustainable production, and increasing sales, exports, and employment. USAID/Sida FARMA’s approach focuses on four integrated components: Building sustainable market linkages for producers; Increasing access to finance; Building the capacity of producer organisations’ and other counterparts; and Enhancing the policy environment to benefit competitiveness of agricultural goods. In order to attain project goals, USAID/ Sida FARMA uses various tools, including a Development Fund and Partners Fund for targeted subcontracts to local partners.

Bosnia and Herzegovina has not yet met all the conditions for the export of dairy products to the European Union (EU). This is significantly impacting the dairy sector, which exported significant quantities of Ultra High Temperature processing (UHT) milk to Croatia. On a positive note, the signing of a cooperation protocol, in July 2013, between BiH state and entity-level institutions on veterinary inspection with respect to dairy products, addressed the EU concern on the lack of adequate chain of command in veterinary inspection.

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