08 June 2021

TİKA Supports Turkish Families Living in a Serbian Village

Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TİKA) provided a garbage truck and an income-increasing greenhouse to the village of Biljača in Bujanovac in Southern Serbia, where several Turkish families live.

A waste system was established with the garbage truck and other equipment brought from Turkey. Therefore, necessary steps were taken in order to provide a clean environment for the local people.

TİKA also provided greenhouses to 10 farmers who are trying to engage in agriculture under difficult conditions in the village of Biljača, which is the only Turkish village in Serbia. The project, aiming to provide an environment for farmers to grow crops throughout the year and to increase product efficiency, also contributed to the employment and direct income of families.

Hami Aksoy, Ambassador of Turkey to Serbia, and other officials who attended the delivery ceremony in the village were greeted at the entrance of the village by children holding Turkish flags and chanting "Long live Turkey". Stating that they were met with great enthusiasm in the village, alongside with Mayor of Bujanovac Nagip Arifi, Aksoy added that 30 Turkish families lived in the village and that they demanded Turkish courses be initiated in schools. Emphasizing that he was very touched by the children's affection for Turkey, Aksoy has stated the following: "TİKA and other institutions will continue investing in the village. We attach great importance to provide opportunities for these children to learn Turkish.

reat importance to provide opportunities for these children to learn Turkish."

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