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New Equipment for More Efficient Forestry Management


New machinery is helping this 40 ha forester to improve productivity, efficiency, income, care of the environment and workplace safety. It has also improved his returns from servicing the many small forest owners in the region.



Ciril Brečko owns 40 hectares of forest in Dolenjska, in the southern part of the country. Besides managing the farm woods, Ciril and his workers are registered to provide forestry machinery services to other private forest owners. Such services are highly valued, as the region is dominated by small forest estates where the owners are neither well trained nor equipped to work in the woods.


There are several aims of this investment in machinery and equipment, namely: To increase efficiency and productivity of operations To improve environmental protection of the forest floor, forest roads and trees To enhance occupational safety To stabilise and boost income

Main activities

The application was made using two public calls for projects within the same measure. The first was the purchase of a fixed winch tractor, chainsaw and protective forestry equipment. And the second was the purchase of a three-point hitch winch tractor.

Results & Benefits

The planned benefits are now being realised. Efficiency and productivity are raised, resulting in more work can be undertaken per month, in a safer environment, producing more wood for further processing and sale to market for the Brečko farm and the clients he services. The overall effect is an increase in farm income. Machinery utilisation has been further raised through it now being made available for local training courses conducted by the Forest Advisory Service.

Lessons learnt

Plan well in advance - at least a year before you want the investment to eventuate. Know what you want to purchase, the price and all the terms of the suppliers. Only buy equipment that meets the needs of the business - don't over-capitalise just to get greater funding. Made good use of the advice services available, for meeting the application requirements. Think about adding extra value (e.g. machinery used for training) - every little helps.

Project location and other information

Šentjanž, Dolenjska


Jugovzhodna Slovenija

RDP Territory


Total project cost (€)

197 838

EAFRD contribution (€)

77 880

National contribution (€)

25 960

Private contribution (€)

93 998

Contact name

Ciril Brečko


+386 41 648 201

Languages for contact


At a glance



Final beneficiary type


Budget range

€100 000 - €500 000

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End Date:


Theme / Measure:

• Competitiveness of Agriculture & Forestry
• Restructuring, developing physical potential, and promoting innovation
• 122. Improvement of the economic value of forests


Forest management, Forestry training, Agroforestry, Entrepreneurship

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