The Fund for Innovation and Technological Development and the Swiss Program for Increasing Market Employability (IME), signed a Memorandum of Cooperation which will provide direct mentoring support for faster commercialization and implementation of projects that will be selected through the public call Challenge for digitalization of agriculture from FITD.
The program will provide connection of startups with agribusinesses and farmers who can be beneficiaries of innovative solutions.
"Our country follows the examples of developed countries in which digitalization is already being introduced in the most delicate segments of agriculture. The funding provided for advanced start-ups that have already developed a prototype of an innovative product or service is our first major step towards the introduction of modern technology in agriculture. This type of cooperation with IME is of particular importance because the support of FITD does not end with the allocation of funds but with substantial assistance through all stages of project implementation" said Kosta Petrov, acting director of the Fund for Innovation and Technological Development.
IME will organize individual mentoring meetings in order to detect the functionalities of the proposed solutions, present the benefits, provide feedback from the sector to improve the solution and initial interest in commercial use.
"The cooperation between FITD and IME is a confirmation of the joint commitment for modernization and digitalization of the agro-business sector. Support for innovative digital solutions will contribute to the use of advanced agro-technical measures in the cultivation of crops, increased productivity and increased income for farmers as well as the use of smart technology in post-harvest activities and finalization of value-added products. Modern and efficient production will mean reduced losses and waste, increased competitiveness of Macedonian products for export, as well as increased environmental protection. In this way, the Swiss IME program contributes to the accelerated growth of agro-businesses and opportunities for opening new and quality jobs in the sector" said Goran Damovski, team leader of the IME project.
The deadline for application of the Challenge for digitalization of agriculture is until 16.04.2021. All additional information can be obtained at: https://fitr.mk/agrodigital/