CYPRUS: Bi-communal Olive Festival and autumn fruit fair

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A Bi-communal olive festival will take place on 30 November 2014 in Nicosia's Buffer Zone involving the Greek and Turkish Cypriot producers

Following and welcoming the request of two Cypriot non-governmental olive associations, the European Commission, through the EU funded project "Crop Husbandry Technical Assistance", is supporting the organisation of a bi-communal olive festival. The festival will take place on 30 November 2014 in Nicosia from 10:00 to 18:00 (Venue: Fulbright Foundation and Chateau Status in the buffer zone).

The festival will be an authentic autumn seasonal fair displaying olive varieties and other seasonal fruits such as citrus and pomegranate varieties from the whole island. Tasting mono-varietal olive oil and olive oils from various Cypriot olive mills will be an attraction for all public.

Olive, citrus and pomegranate growers from both communities will be meeting at the festival following a period of intense and fruitful cooperation.

The festival will be also the occasion to celebrate the closing of the Crop Husbandry Project that has supported accompanying the Turkish Cypriot community with agricultural technical assistance in the last six years.

Based on the success of other EU funded bi-communal activities, the event aims to reinforce the cooperation of the Cypriot communities also in agriculture. The initiative and the joint work will give an important contribution to raise awareness among the Cypriot farmers involved in the orchard crop production.
One of the objectives of the event is to lead to further discussions and cooperation such as the development, on a bi-communal basis, of olive, citrus and pomegranate sectors in Cyprus.

The event is funded under the EU funded Aid Programme for the Turkish Cypriot community. To date, support to the rural economy is a major component of the programme for which around €35 million in total has been allocated until now for grant schemes, technical assistance and equipment.