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Export Contracts Worth $400,000 Signed With German Buyers

Given the export orientation of the Macedonian Vegetable Processing industry and its positive reputation among the food importers from the region and EU, USAID AgBiz Program, through its subcontractor the Macedonian Consulting Group (MCG), identified the need to organize buying mission of the German food importers in Macedonia. Therefore, from 21 – 24 November, 2011, seven Macedonian vegetable processing exporters, including Trgoprodukt, Rudine, Bonum Plus, Altra, Vori, Univerzal Promet and Lars hosted represenatives from the relevant German importers - Clama GmbH & Co.KG and Kattus&Fuchs Gewuerze.


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Learning from the Bests on the Postharvest Technologies

From 24 – 28 October, 2011, a group of thirteen representatives from the Macedonian fresh fruits and vegetables value chain had unique chance to participate at the regional UC Davis Postharvest Management Training in Sarajevo.


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Macedonian Vegetable Proccesing Companies Recieved New Orders at Anuga 2011

In October 2011 representatives from eight Macedonian vegetable processing companies, members of the Macedonian Association of Processors (MAP), visited food fair - Anuga 2011 in Cologne, Germany. Thanks to USAID support this is the fourth participation in a raw at this biennial world fair for the Macedonian vegetable processing industry.


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Macedonian Wineries are Raising a Glass to Successful Entry into the Swedish Market na

AgBiz is supporting the Macedonian wine industry by providing capacity building and comprehensive competitiveness enhancement activities. AgBiz has facilitated joint presentations of Macedonian wines in various high potential markets by organizing specialized promotional events in Poland, Holland, the Czech Republic and via participation in the most relevant wine trade fairs such as ProWein Germany and the Moscow and London Wine Fairs.


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EU Market Demands Macedonian Fresh Produces

USAID/Macedonia's AgBiz Program in partnership with the Swiss Im-port Promotion Program of Osec (Osec/SIPPO) supported four Mace-donian companies to exhibit on a national stand at Fruit Logistica trade fair, held February 9-11, 2011 in Berlin, Germany....


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Cooperation for Mutual Success

Only one year after its formation the wild gathered products (WGP) trade associa-tion Shumski Plod, established with the support of USAID's AgBiz Program, has successfully positioned itself as an efficient resource for WGP participants to ne-gotiate with Government of Macedonia (GoM) officials in support of this important industry. Over the past year Shumski Plod successfully worked with the GoM to address major challenges that influence the entire industry, but especially the member companies that represent over 70% of Macedonian's estimated US$17 million in WGP exports...


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Registration of Seasonal Employees in Only Few Minutes

Macedonian agribusinesses make extensive use of seasonal labor due to the highly seasonal nature of their businesses. In accordance with the Law on Labor relations, the companies are legally obligated to register or terminate labor relations of their employees for the obligatory social insurance. The registration has been a paper based process, creating a burden on employers particularly in the case of seasonal employees. Also, the registration and termination process of labor relations was not by any means simple....


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