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in order to implement the LEADER Approach more effectively and to examine the current status of Local Action Groups (LAGs), the EU Structural Adjustment Managing Authority UKA/LEADER team visited 4 LAGs established in Balıkesir, which were entitled to be supported during the 12th Application Call period of the IPARD Program LEADER Measure between 18-20 October 2022. Within the scope of the visits for a total of three days, Havran Development Local Action Group Association, Vefali Yurt Kepsut Local Action Group Association, Susurluk Local Action Group Association, Natural City Sindirgi Local Action Group Association were visited at the associations' offices in the districts. The Mayor of Havran and the Mayor of Sindirgi were also visited at their office, and information about the application was shared
.Balıkesir Provincial Directorate of Agriculture and Forestry and Balıkesir Provincial Coordinator of Agriculture and Rural Development Support Institution were also visited. In addition, UKA-LEADER provincial representative and ARDSI Balıkesir Provincial Coordination UKA-LEADER representatives also accompanied the Management Authority staff during the visits
.During the meetings with LAGs, it was stated that Havran LAG was establishing a new women's cooperative. Havran ravioli and Havran kurusu (pastry) in the district, which is rich in local products, also mentioned the importance of miniature horse carriage construction and bellows drawing as handicrafts. It was noted by Kepsut LAG that the faithful hands of women's initiative production and enterprise cooperative in the Kepsut district would work on local products. Susurluk LAG mentioned that the district stands out regarding local products, beekeeping crafts, and woodworking. Sindirgi LAG, on the other hand, mentioned that a new women's cooperative was established in the district, that handicrafts are at the forefront, especially miniature doll making, slime bedir carpet, and the importance of the district in terms of medicinal aromatic plants
.Opinions were exchanged on the activities planned to be carried out within the scope of the National Rural Network (UKA) LEADER in 2023, the current situation of LAGs, the difficulties they face in the process, and their future (Education, Information, etc.) demands with the association officials who are at the stage of signing the contract.;

News Date: : 18 / 10 / 2022
News Category: : 2