In co-operation with Latvian National Board of Fisheries
LarEll Associated Consultants fulfilled a project on preparation for
application and use of the Support of Pre-accession Programme for
Agriculture and Rural Development (SAPARD) for
of fish products,
processing and marketing.
as an associated country of the EU will have access to financial support for structural reforms in agriculture and rural development (SAPARD) starting from year 2000. The SAPARD funding will be operational from year 2001.
to join the EU, all of the fish processing enterprises have to comply with the EU hygiene requirements until the accession moment to the EU. At the start of the project only 10 fish processing companies (8% of the total number of fish processing companies) are authorised to export their fishery products to the EU (EC Decision 2000/85/EC of 21.12.1999).
The support under the SAPARD programme should be targeted at improving the competitiveness of the processed products on both the national and the international markets, by improving the structure of the Latvian processing industry, including the fish processing industry and raising the quality, hygiene and food safety standards in processing enterprises.
Taking into account the strategic goal of the government of the
The production premises of the majority of the fish processing companies do not comply with the EU and the international hygiene requirements because the buildings were built 50-60 years ago and thus being technically outdated.
Besides, the enterprises and the technological equipment which were inherited from the former fishermen’s kolkhozes and after the privatisation of the state-owned enterprises are technically out-of-date, hence a number of the enterprises produce con-generic production – canned fish, the ratio of which in total fish production volumes constitutes approximately 50%.
Thus, the fish processing enterprises should seek for new, effective forms of activity to solve the assurance of product quality problems, including the implementation of HACCP system and increasing the sales opportunities of the Latvian fishery products on foreign markets.
It will therefore come natural to some companies to apply for financial support through SAPARD programme in order to restructure their companies to a standard that meet with the EU requirements and thus open for the possibility to be EU certified and be able to develop the EU and other markets for their products.
To train and assist the companies in general in analysing the needs for restructuring and renovation of their processing facilities to meet the requirements of the EU in terms of processing, hygiene and product quality
To train and assist the companies in applying for financial support from the SAPARD programme to carry out the restructuring
To work out manuals for the Latvian fish processing industry in preparation of project applications to the SAPARD fund;
To produce a manual for the National Board of Fisheries to be used in the evaluation process of the projects suggested
The practical phase included the following –
A selection of three fish processing companies being typical representatives for the industry to be pilot companies in the project
An in-depth analysis of each of the pilot companies as to the standard of their present processing facilities in terms of quality and hygiene
A “Technical Draft Project” including a layout for each of the pilot companies to be worked out and specifying the need for changes in plant layout, renovation of existing equipment and/or installation of new or second hand equipment,
upgrading of facilities for workers (wash rooms, toilets, etc.) and including an itemised budget for such work to be used in an application for SAPARD funding
Assistance to each of the pilot companies in preparing an application form including business plan and project for financing through the SAPARD programme;
A manual for the industry in preparation of application form, business plan and project to the SAPARD fund;
A manual for the National Board of Fisheries to be used in the evaluation process of the projects suggested for SAPARD funding
The theoretical part included the following –
Presentation of the findings and recommendations for restructuring of the three pilot cases to the level of EU certification
Presentation of and going through the manual elaborated in the project for restructuring of processing facilities and in detail explain how to complete a SAPARD application form, set-up a business plan and project for the Latvian fish processing
industry on basis of what have been learned from the project work in the practical phase
Local consultants from Latvian Agricultural Advisory and Training Centre in Ozolnieki participated in the project as assistants (trainer trainees) to the consultants. It was in this way ensured that the know-how generated during the project was transferred to a local Latvian institution from where the industry can acquire support in the future.
Selected Latvian fish processing companies
SAPARD applications with business plans were prepared for the following three companies:
SIA "Saldus Galas Kombinats", Saldus.
SIA "Liedags", Lapmezciems.
SIA "Oniors", Daugavpils.
Seminar in Ozolnieki
A seminar on : How to prepare the application for
SAPARD funds - was held at the Latvian Agricultural Advisory and Training Centre in Ozolnieki, on Tuesday 12
November by Latvian National Board of Fisheries, Latvian
Agricultural Advisory and Training Centre and LarEll Associated Consultants.
A total of 35 persons from
outside the group of organisers took part in the seminar. The seminar included a presentation of the experiences from preparing
the applications by the three participating fish processing companies;
Liedags, Oniors and SGK Saldus.
The Danish Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries, Directorate
for Food, Fisheries and Agro Business have partly financed the project.
More information about the seminar and detailed programme - click
and information in Latvian.
For official application forms - visit the website of Rural Support Service.
Coffee break at the seminar
Some of the participants at the
Mr. Guntis Sinkevics, Latvian
Agricutural Advisory and
Mr. Jens Ellegaard, LarEll.
Mr. Johnny Haupt Larsen, LarEll.
Liedags - planned extension of
Processing facilities in good and
well maintained condition -
Oniors - dispatch area.
Packing of culinary products -
Products in Oniors's own shop.
Existing cannery - Saldus Galas
The building for the new fish
cannery in SGK.