Watch the interview with the Executive Director of the Rural Coalition, Liljana K. Jonoski conducted by the regional info portal InfoCompass where we talk about the need for digitalization and modernization of Macedonian agriculture, but also about how much and whether farmers are familiar with e-services and how to use them.

Only 19% of the inhabitants in the rural areas in 6 mountain regions have used e-service so far, mostly related to the electronic application for subsidies, issuance of e-certificates for employment status, birth certificates and property certificates.

64% of farmers prefer to go to the counter or to be informed about the needs and services by phone through direct contact with employees in institutions, but it is interesting that the use of social networks for information is growing, so this type of being informed is used by as many as 60% of the inhabitants in the rural areas. The third place is reserved for the TV and the radio as media.

You can watch the whole interview below:

Source: Rural Coalition website, InfoCompass portal

We ended last week by talking about the needs for digitalization in the sector of agriculture and rural development, as well as the need for greater use of e-services available to this sector.

In order to increase the security of e-documents, and in general the trust in the state system, it is necessary to discuss a lot, it is necessary to work on strengthening the public awareness, but also to invest in increasing digital and computer literacy, especially in rural areas.

In the context of public speaking/discussion, but also what are the views and attitudes of all stakeholders, watch the following story created in cooperation with InfoCompass and Sitel TV. The coming week will be dedicated to these topics. Follow us and join us together to talk about the Digital Agenda and how to contribute to its achievement in the local community.

You can watch the full video below:

Source: Rural Coalition website, InfoCompass portal

Rural Coalition is one of the three organizations from North Macedonia that has become part of the ICEDA network – Increasing Civic Engagement in the Digital Agenda and which in the coming period will work on establishing and managing a civic center to support e-government through which to help farmers and the rural population in general in the use of e-services, but also to increase digital literacy at the local level. Apart from North Macedonia, such activities within the ICEDA network will be implemented in Albania, Kosovo, Montenegro and Serbia, within the project “Increasing Civic Engagement in the Digital Agenda – ICEDA” implemented by the Metamorphosis Foundation (North Macedonia). ), e-Governance Academy (Estonia), Levizja Mjfat! (Albania), CRTA – Center for Research, Transparency and Accountability (Serbia), NGO 35mm (Montenegro) and ODK – Open Data Kosovo (Kosovo). The project is being implemented with financial support from the European Union.

Note: The full text has been republished from the Rural Coalition website which bears full responsibility for its content. For the original text, click here and here.