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WORKSHOP 11C09 Innovative Environmental Policies and Solutions in the Regions Organiser: Green Innovation in Action Support of organic farming by adoption.

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1 WORKSHOP 11C09 Innovative Environmental Policies and Solutions in the Regions Organiser: Green Innovation in Action Support of organic farming by adoption of innovative technologies Department of Scientific-Technical Support & Programmes Implementation Regional Development Fund Western Greece Region Dr. Stefanos Michos Head of Dept.

2 11/10/2005Mid Sweden Office, Brussels 2 Presentation structure Short profile of Western Greece Region (WGR) WGR s priorities for the environment (ROP) WGR s involvement on environmental projects (INNACT, GRDP, INNOREF) Short information about INNACT Focus on support of organic farming INNACT results (1): Analysis of organic farming management practices and retracting of the cultivation status INNACT results (2): Improvement of the services relative to disease and pest diagnosis INNACT results (3): Operation of a Citizen Help Desk on organic farming issues

3 11/10/2005Mid Sweden Office, Brussels 3 Short profile of Western Greece Region WGR stretches from the northwest part of the Peloponnese to the western tip of the Greek mainland. It is one of the 13 Regions of Greece, is separated in 3 administrative districts, the Prefectures of Aitoloakarnania, Achaia, Elia and covers an area of square kilometres (8,6% of the total area of Greece). For the most part the terrain is mountainous (45,3%) or hilly (25,6%), while only 29,1% consists of plains. All three prefectures have extensive coastal areas along the Ionian Sea and the Gulfs of Amvrakia, Patras and Corinth. There is a wide variety of landscapes, from alpine meadows to sandy beaches and a unique network of rivers and wetlands that support a wide range of wildlife (including golden eagles and vultures). The visitor exploring the fertile mountain valleys and gorges with rushing waters will find a small haven of unsurpassed beauty. According to the 2001 census, the population of WGR is 741,282. This makes it the fourth most populated Region of Greece, with 7% of the countrys total population. WGR is a modern communications and transport hub that connects Greece to the rest of Europe. The busy port of Patras is not only the Regions capital but also the countrys main gateway to Western Europe.

4 11/10/2005Mid Sweden Office, Brussels 4 WGR s priorities for the environment One of the main priorities Enhancement and protection of the environment and development of smooth and renewable energy sources Sub-priorities Encouragement of prevention measures Promotion of sustainable development Protection of lakes, rivers, lagoons, and seas Management of water potential Development of waste recycling technologies and energy production from biomass Use of smooth and renewable energy sources like wind, solar, hydro-electric and biomass

5 11/10/2005Mid Sweden Office, Brussels 5 WGR s involvement on environmental projects INNACT ( ) ERDF INNOVATIVE ACTIONS Goal:to support decisively the innovation in its geographical and administrative limits and reduce the "technology gap" that separates it from other more developed Regions in the European Union GRDP ( ) INTERREG IIIC SOUTH Goal:to exchange knowledge and experience so as to locate and develop best practices for the environmental / sustainable development and its evaluation techniques INNOREF ( ) INTERREG IIIC EAST Goal:to enhance sustainable growth through innovation and resource efficiency

6 11/10/2005Mid Sweden Office, Brussels 6 Short information about INNACT Duration:27 months (1/1/2002 – 31/03/2004) Total budget: (ERDF , National , Private ) Structure: 6 Actions –> 12 Sub-Actions (covering innovation transfer to SMEs, clustering, e-commerce, health and safety for the citizens, organic farming) Partners:Universities, Institutes, Chambers of Commerce, Research Centres, Agricultural Networks, Private Companies

7 11/10/2005Mid Sweden Office, Brussels 7 Focus on support of organic farming Aim:To promote new alternative solutions in the agricultural production sector, which are more friendly to the environment and more healthy than the existing ones Action 4:Support of organic farming by adoption of innovative technologies This Action comprised the following Sub-Actions on organic farming: 4.1 Analysis of organic farming management practices and retracting of the cultivation status ( Contractor: National Agricultural Research Foundation) 4.3 Improvement of the services relative to disease and pest diagnosis ( Contractor: National Agricultural Research Foundation) 4.4 Creation of a «Citizen Help Desk» ( Contractor: Bio Network West Hellas)

8 11/10/2005Mid Sweden Office, Brussels 8 Focus on support of organic farming (cont.)

9 11/10/2005Mid Sweden Office, Brussels 9 Focus on support of organic farming (cont.)

10 11/10/2005Mid Sweden Office, Brussels 10 Analysis of organic farming management practices & retracting of the cultivation status It was carried out via the following two tasks: Task 1: Study aimed to record management practices and determine the profile of the organic farmer as well as elucidate the most important problems in WGR Task 2: Application of a pilot project by networking local organic farms, public agricultural authorities, research institutions, inspection and certification bodies, etc.

11 11/10/2005Mid Sweden Office, Brussels 11 Analysis of organic farming management practices & retracting of the cultivation status (cont.) Important outcomes of the study: Economic Results for main cultivations of Organic and Conventional Farms, Western Greece Region, Total Gross Revenues are higher for organic farms in comparison with conventional (only exception olive oil) 2.Total production expenses are higher for organic farms, especially labor expenses and fertilizer cost 3.Net profits are higher 4.Prices for organic products are higher 5.Yield is lower for organic cultivations 6.Economic results for organic cultivations depend on product 7.Risk for organic cultivation is higher due to high risk of yield and price

12 11/10/2005Mid Sweden Office, Brussels 12 Analysis of organic farming management practices & retracting of the cultivation status (cont.) Important outcomes of the study: Attitudes of organic and conventional farmers concerning organic farming 1.The organic farmers are mainly motivated on the basis of financial reasons (seeking higher prices and better marketing of their organic products) 2.The organic farmers are more optimistic about the future perspectives of organic farming, in relation to conventional farmers 3.The organic farmers, on the one hand, are still largely depended on subsidies, while, on the other, are approaching the new organic products markets 4.There is a significant lack of technical - agronomic support on the organic farmers, as well as a shortage of information provision shortage on the new trends of the food markets (concerning both organic and conventional producers). 5.Both, organic and conventional farmers believe that conventional farming causes problems to the environment

13 11/10/2005Mid Sweden Office, Brussels 13 Analysis of organic farming management practices & retracting of the cultivation status (cont.) Important outcomes of the study: Profile of organic and conventional farmers 1.Compared to conventional farmers, a higher percentage of organic farmers have family members interested in succeeding them 2.The Federations of local agricultural cooperatives and farmer groups have played a significant role in promoting organic agriculture in Western Greece Region 3.Farmers maintain that there is a lack of appropriate and accessible processing and standardization facilities in their Region 4.Collective entrepreneurship is a prerequisite for profitable investments in organic agriculture (cooperatives, farmer groups, etc.)

14 11/10/2005Mid Sweden Office, Brussels 14 Analysis of organic farming management practices & retracting of the cultivation status (cont.) Creation of a data base with information on organic crops at farmers level in Western Greece Region

15 11/10/2005Mid Sweden Office, Brussels 15 Improvement of the services relative to disease and pest diagnosis It was carried out via the following two tasks: Task 1: Purchase of durable equipment / Employment of scientists to operate the new equipment Task 2: Support of organic farmers through the creation of a data base with information on disease and pest diagnosis - crop protection / Creation of a web site where the most important problems of the organic farming in WGR are presented

16 11/10/2005Mid Sweden Office, Brussels 16 Operation of a Citizen Help Desk on organic farming issues The basic conditions for the development of organic agriculture are: Consumers informing Producers informing

17 11/10/2005Mid Sweden Office, Brussels 17 Operation of a Citizen Help Desk on organic farming issues (cont.) Consumers informing about the positive effects in ones health from the consumption organic products about environments protection that is achieved by the application of the organic production about the sales points, where such products can be supplied

18 11/10/2005Mid Sweden Office, Brussels 18 Operation of a Citizen Help Desk on organic farming issues (cont.) Producers informing about the techniques that should be applied for a successful culture in the frame of organic production about the ability of selling their products in satisfactory prices

19 11/10/2005Mid Sweden Office, Brussels 19 Operation of a Citizen Help Desk on organic farming issues (cont.) OPERATION of THREE OFFICES

20 11/10/2005Mid Sweden Office, Brussels 20 Operation of a Citizen Help Desk on organic farming issues (cont.) OPERATION of WEBSITE

21 11/10/2005Mid Sweden Office, Brussels 21 THANK YOU FOR YOUR ATTENTION! For more information please see at or send an to


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