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Operational Programme Rural Development and Multi-functional Agriculture (OPRDMA)

The Ministry of Agriculture is responsible for the content of this section and for the preparation of the programme.

The Operational Programme Rural Development and Multi-functional Agriculture (OP RDMA) strategy is based on an analysis of the economic and social situation in agriculture and the rural environment. The Czech Republic intends to promote and further develop the objectives and principles defined in the concept of agrarian, forestry and water management policy approved by the Czech Republic's government prior to its accession to the European Union.

The development of rural areas and agriculture is primarily seen in multi-functional and competitive agriculture with an emphasis on increasing the quality of the environment. This will be the basis for long-term economic growth which will provide the rural environment with the right conditions for developing services and other activities. Primary emphasis of the Operational Programme Rural Development and Multi-functional Agriculture is therefore on investments in agriculture, including support for young farmers as well as on the processing of agricultural production.

The Operational Programme Rural Development and Multi-functional Agriculture strategy is based on sustainable development and the stabilisation of rural areas. In the regions where climatic conditions enable intensive agricultural production the emphasis is on the development of competitive agriculture. In areas with extensive land management the emphasis is on the development of other functions of agriculture, forestry and water management with relation to the development of associated or complementary activities. One of the prerequisites for restructuring agriculture is the clarification and rational rearrangement of land ownership.

The Operational Programme Rural Development and Multi-functional Agriculture promotes improvements in the quality and productivity of processing agricultural products with a great emphasis on improving the quality of agricultural production introduced to the market.

In the context of the whole National Development Plan, the Operational Programme Rural Development and Multi-functional Agriculture plays a crucial role in securing the development of rural areas and agriculture as well as in cultural landscape maintenance.

The Operational Programme Rural Development and Multi-functional Agriculture respects the current approach to regional politics in the Czech Republic and the arrangement of state administration, promotes the safety and quality of food, creates new jobs in rural areas, promotes the equality of men and women in this area and makes efforts to preserve and improve environmental conditions.

Objectives of the programme

The objective of the OPRDMA is to increase the contribution of the sector to GNP and employment in the Czech Republic, preservation of the environment, securing sustainable multi-functional rural development, sustainable agriculture, forestry and water management with the integrated quality processing of agricultural products.

Primary objective of the Operational Programme Rural Development and Multi-functional Agriculture strategy is to increase the competitiveness of agriculture through further restructuring and increases in productivity. This is primarily linked to investments in new technologies in agriculture, human resources, as well as the provision of technical and consultancy services, quality testing/certification, marketing and export, and the promotion of diversification e.g. in food industry. Factors that have a negative impact on the whole agricultural sector, such as low productivity, poor quality of agricultural products, insufficient marketing and a financially weak food industry sector, must be eliminated.

Another objective is to secure the conditions required to create alternative jobs in rural areas by increasing the attractiveness of areas for business investments and improvements in opportunities for businesses in agriculture and agriculture related areas. Of no less importance, is stabilisation of young and well-educated people within the rural environment, be it in the position of young farmers, agricultural company staff, or staff of companies based and active in rural areas. Achieving the objective of reducing unemployment in rural areas depends on improvements in public employment services, elimination of obstructions to workforce mobility (e.g. through improvement of transportation infrastructure and services) and by the proper functioning of the labour and housing markets.

OPRDMA financing

The Operational Programme Rural Development and Multi-functional Agriculture will be co-financed through the EAGGF - Guidance section. The measures relating to fish farming and activities performed by fishery experts will be supported through FIFG.


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