Tunisia: project Refat for renewable energy in agriculture

Environment ministry promoting sector's development

12 February, 10:22

    (ANSAmed) - TUNIS, FEBRUARY 12 - Ten young entrepreneurs heading start-up companies will benefit from individual funding worth 40,000 Tunisian dinars as part of a Tunisian-Italian technical cooperation project for the development of renewable energy in the agricultural and rural sector (Refat). The announcement was made by the official responsible for social economy and solidarity at the Tunisian agricultural ministry, Nawal Jebes, for the launch of the project Refat, mainly funded by the Italian environment ministry and its Tunisian counterpart, implemented by Medrec (The Mediterranean Center for Renewable Energies). Jebes has stressed that the first 10 youths were selected based on the management plans of their projects, which should respect the guidelines of the 'Refat' project and are distributed in different governorates, in particular in Gafsa, Kasserine, Sidi Bouzid and Sousse. Funding will be allocated after technical training courses open to 24 candidates start.

    Ten have been selected while the remaining 14 will be funded through other networks. The agriculture ministry leading the program is trying to intensify the use of renewable energy to help support international efforts to reduge greenhouse gases and introduce incentives for a more equal production and consumption in the use of energy by small farmers.

    The project Refat 'Renewable energy for the development of the agricultural and rural sector in Tunisia', started as part of bilateral Tunisian-Italian cooperation, vies to promote pumping systems that use renewable energy (photovoltaics, wind farms and hybrid systems) and to boost the desalinization of sea water by using solar energy produced by small farmers. The objective is also to create a development program and to increase the capacity to use renewable energy in the agricultural sector by young graduates and regions active in the agricultural sector.

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