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Dutch InnoFruit company to invest €10 million in Dojran and Bogdanci, create 130 jobs

Dutch company InnoFruit will invest €10 million in fruit production in Dojran and Bogdanci municipalities and plans to create 130 jobs in the first phase.

Deputy Agriculture Minister Vanco Kostadinovski announced Friday that InnoFruit plans to take over the unprofitable Agrolozar company and soil preparation and fruits planting is planned as of next month.

The government has been working hardly on this investment in the past eight months leading talks with the company and presenting all necessary data, information, measures and favourbale conditions. Out of all countries in the region, following 2-year research InnoFruit has chosen Macedonia, Kostadinovski said at news conference.

He underlined that Dutch company will apply latest technology in production of cherries and table grapes and will share its experiences in import in Europe, the USA, South America, Russia, India, Middle East with local producers.

We conducted market research and investment opportunities in the Balkans in the past two years. We have decided to realize first investment here in Macedonia due to mainly very favourbale business climate and huge support of the government, Stephanie Timmers-Meintel from InnoFruit said.

The company will initially start with 55 hectares of land, but also will analyze the water and soil to determine which other crops can be grown on total available area of 250 hectares. It also plans to increase the number of employments (full-time and part-time).

We expect to begin the production as soon as possible and we hope on excellent cooperation with the local producers, Timmers-Meintel said.

InnoFruit operates for 16 years distributing fruits at almost all foreign markets and three years ago it is engaged in fruit production as well.