Caretaker Agriculture Minister Davor Romic said in the eastern Croatian city of Osijek on Monday that the completion of the second phase of the Baranja irrigation system for 5,000 hectares of farmland was nearing its end, announcing a new tender for investments in the fundamental infrastructure of public irrigation.
Romic said the tender for the rural development programme of public irrigation would be open three months.
"We have allocated 370 million kuna for this purpose. We have prepared projects, the tender will be open three months and local and regional self-government units can apply. By the end of the year, the project should be entirely completed, which automatically means the irrigation for 5,000 hectares, 3,500 hectares of which are in the Belje region and the rest is meant for family farms," the minister said.