UNDP supports legalisation of farm buildings in Petrinja area

Mar 1, 2013

A first group of 17 family farms in the Petrinja area have received the technical documentation they need to legalize agricultural buildings on their property, under a program co-financed by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Petrinja municipality. Under the program, which started in October 2012, UNDP and Petrinja created a joint fund worth HRK 200,000 to pay for necessary documentation, which most often includes blueprints of buildings originally constructed without proper permits. Agreements signed with the town oblige the recipients to complete the process of legalization, which is a prerequisite to receive funding from the European Union (EU). 19 more farm families in the Petrinja area are expected to benefit from the program.

"This project is very important given that we are about to enter the EU, since if farm buildings do not have legal status, the farms won't be eligible for funding," said Željko Nenadić, the Mayor of Petrinja.

"The establishment of joint funds to prepare technical documentation for small farmers is a pioneering effort to clear a path both to EU funds and to EU markets," said UNDP Local Development Project Assistant Đurđica Mateša. UNDP is a partner in similar funds in the towns of Glina and Barilović.