Protection and recovery autochthonic sorts of apricots and pears in area of Markov Manastir
Protection and recovery autochthonic sorts of apricots and pears in area of Markov Manastir
More than 70 years in Macedonia cultivated many varieties of apricot and pear. Today there is minimum number of individual trees at various locations. To protect and rebuild is necessary to increase their number and to breed new areas as plantation production.
In the project we want to identify and determine the old varieties of apricot and pear. In conversation with Professor Marjan Kiprijanovski PhD in the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences and Food in Skopje we made decision for the variety of apricot (Big Skopjanka) and pear (Karaman) and for them have a description of the professor. On-determined and identified varieties of apricot and pear are taken coil branches and they will graft in the nursery ZZ " Ovoshtar" of the village Argulica, municipality Karbinci. Then will produce 700 seedlings with apricot and 1300 with pear trees. Produced seedlings will be planted on an area of 2 hectares of land around Markov Monastery which is owned by the Macedonian Orthodox Church. MOC land leased to the Association ECO - GOL - DRVO. During the project activities planned to be represented and training to build the capacity of farmers to produce apricot and pear production and biohumus the bins. The project meets the requirements of GEF / SGP as a visible activities contribute to improve benefits to growers of fruit crops in a rural area such as the region around Markov Monastery which is populated by ethnically mixed (Macedonians, Albanians and Macedonians Muslims). The project is required to implement because contributes to achieve cooperation between MOC and NGO and local people living around the monastery. The project also meets the criteria for environmental protection in the production of indigenous varieties of apricot and pear and biohumus which used to be produced from the waste produced on local farms. The project will be implemented and an innovation by setting the water pump without the fuel that gets you into a pool of water height difference of 30 meters. For a crop that will raise the indigenous varieties of apricot and pear need to build a pool and drip irrigation.
Excess water will use nuns of the monastery for irrigation of green areas in monastery complex.
The realization of the project site Markov Monastery known place of cultural and historical importance which has been placed under state protection as a cultural monument of culture increased tourism offer visitors a supply of fresh fruit products. The leadership of the monastery land to give possession (lease over) ECO-GOAL-TREE. Association will plant an area of 2 hectares (700 seedlings with apricot and 1300 with pear trees).
Association protects and recovers two varieties of fruit crops that survived for centuries in this area around the monastery and apricot (Big Skopjanka) and pear (Karaman).
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Project Snapshot

Area Of Work:
Grant Amount:
US$ 24,651.00
Co-Financing Cash:
US$ 12,500.00
Co-Financing in-Kind:
US$ 13,200.00
Project Number:
Satisfactorily Completed
Project Characteristics and Results
Gender Focus
20 women participated in the trainings
Emphasis on Sustainable Livelihoods
700 apricot (Krupna Skopska variety) and 1300 rear seedlings (Karamanka variety) were planted. By planting these seedlings 2 old varieties species were preserved. 2 hectares of uncultivated land around the village Ljubince was sustainably managed by replanting it with seeding of apricot and pears seedlings, building a dam with a capacity of 50,000 liters and installed a drip irrigation system with 3 water reservoirs of 1,200 liters
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Number of globally significant species protected by project 2
Hectares of globally significant biodiversity area protected or sustainably managed by project 2
Number of women participated / involved in SGP project 20
Total monetary value (US dollars) of ecosystem goods sustainably produced and providing benefit to project participants and/or community as a whole (in the biodiversity, international waters, and land degradation focal areas as appropriate) 30000
Number of individuals (gender diaggregated) who have benefited* from SGP project 60

SGP Country office contact

Mr. Zlatko Samardziev
Ms Melita Ivanova


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Skopje, 1000