AKTI Project and Research Center has launched a campaign to support the small-scale Cypriot producers all over the country who are unable to reach their customers because of lock down decrees to contain the spread of coronavirus.
Over the past five years, AKTI has developed the Cyprus Small Business Platform, Green Cluster which is currently the largest small business network in Cyprus with 380 members.
The idea is to use this platform to contact small producers.
“We have already spoken to over 50 producers who are in despair and believe in this endeavour: honey, halloumi, Easter cheese, carob syrup, trahana, raviolies, olive oil and much more. They do not have a distribution network, however if they have orders they will cooperate with each other and a solution will be found,” the NGO said.
“Every day we will present producers on our social media and website. Let every citizen make the effort to find the producers that are close to them or even further away, contact them and work out a solution on how to get their products delivered. We at AKTI will contact distribution companies, e.g. food, shipping companies etc so we can all come together and find a solution. We invite anyone who can help to reach us. We can set up this network of mutual support,” it added.
And it concluded: “These days let’s all show solidarity. Social distancing does not mean staying locked, impassive and miserable. We #StayHome and #PersistTogether: We support small Cypriot producers.”