Private agricultural investments approved by the Agency for the Promotion of Agricultural Investment (APIA) rose by 83% in value, to 169.8 million dinars (MD) between 2020 and 2021 (first 5 months). These investments will help create 1,390 permanent jobs and received a total subsidy of 52.4 MD, accounting for 30.9% of the approved investment volume. Investments in arboriculture were up 151% to 43.3 MD, while those approved for young entrepreneurs and women were up 33% and 68%, respectively. Approved investments in the coastal fishing activity reached 5 MD compared to 3 MD during the same period of 2020. Investments in the agricultural services sector edged up 129%, mainly involving the activities of refrigerated transport, milk collection, well drilling services and water prospecting. On the other hand, investments in the aquaculture sector fell, with just 3 approved operations worth 0.7 MD related to breeding in floating cages in the governorate of Monastir. The same downward trend is reported in the primary processing sector, as investments dropped by 72%, involving the approval of only 9 operations worth 5 MD. According to APIA, the development of investments in renewable energy has continued in recent years, with 62 approved investment operations including photovoltaic components worth 13.1 MD. They will benefit from the renewable energy premium worth 4 MD. During the first five months of 2021, 2,899 investment operations worth 554.8 MD were reported (+43% in terms of value). Source: TAP News Agency

Tunisian Union of Agriculture and Fisheries (UTAP) President Abdelmajid Ezzar called on Sunday in Hammamet, the political actors in Tunisia to “launch a national dialogue that sets out the economic choices to save the country,” an initiative of UTAP.
In a statement to TAP on the fringes of UTAP’s extended executive board meeting, which kicked off Saturday in Hammamet, Ezzar added that he will examine “strategic orientations” for the country and then table recommendations to the 5+5 meeting, scheduled for next week or the week after.
On the agenda of the UTAP EB meeting are discussions on the governance of state-owned agricultural land, the development of agricultural production systems, distribution channels, investment development, the agricultural map and the governance and fisheries development.
“These issues are very important for the country’s economy and not only for farmers and fishermen,” said Ezzar, pointing out that solutions to the problems of the agricultural sector could help solve unemployment and other social problems.
The union is ready to participate in all dialogues provided they are “transparent and based on a participatory approach,” he affirmed.

Source: TAP News Agency