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Cyprus: Registration underway for traditional fig and almost-forgotten cheese

Staff Writer |
A procedure for registering the products of a traditional white fig and a largely-forgotten cheese called Halitzia from the Tylliria region is underway, Agriculture Minister Nicos Kouyialis said.

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The project, which aims at receiving an application for either a Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) or a Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) certification, is being developed in cooperation with the state technical university (Tepak).

Kouyialis, in answer to a question from Green MP Giorgos Perdikis, explained what will happen when the application is approved.

“With regard to encouraging the production and marketing of products after their registration as PDO or PGI, stakeholders can use specific measures of the Rural Development Programme,” he said.

One of the aids available under the EU programme is the amount of €600,000 for primary production, which will cover 40 to 70 per cent of the expenditure, and another €500,000 is given for establishing processing units. This amount is expected to cover 40 per cent of the costs.

The support for young farmers aged 18 to 40, a lump sum of €20,000, is also expected to be used, as is a training and skills development programme for both established and young farmers.

More money is available from the EU for farmers who participate in the scheme during the first five years and for advertising and promotion.

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