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Macedonian farmers ramp up corn production to meet domestic demand

In Macedonia, the USAID Small Business Expansion Project is working with corn farmers to help them grow their businesses by increasing corn yields and connecting them with regional dairy industry leaders, who have agreed to buy livestock feed locally instead of relying on imports. The project is introducing drip irrigation on several demonstration farms as tried-and-tested methods of increasing production, and is also providing farmers with seeds that will produce a corn/silage ratio that both meets the needs of the dairy industry and maximizes the farmers’ profits. The Small Business Expansion Project will use these demonstration farms in its campaign to encourage other corn growers in Macedonia to receive technical assistance and invest in new technology to double or triple their yields and, by doing so, expand their businesses and create new jobs.

Published January 2013