MAIN SUBJECTS FOR DISCUSSION DURING VISITS ARE THE

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THE PROJECT BALTICECO

14-04-2014 Project BalticEco meeting in Metsajoe, Estonia Mrs. Neda Jakubauskiene, Deputy head of Agri-environment and Organic Farming Division Agricultural Production and Food Industry Department Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Lithuania phone: +370 5 239 1096 fax: +370 5 239 1212 e-mail [email protected]

Conference “Shaping Europe's Organic Future Together - Making an impact on the EU organic legal framework within the future CAP" July 3-4, 2013, Vilnius

BALTICECO PROJECT Main project goals: • Promotion of a sector via inter-institutional cooperation in the Baltic Sea Region,

• Strengthening organic agri-food production sector

Expected outcomes: • Platform for inter-institutional cooperation in the Baltic Sea Region on organic agri-food production is set up • Documentation - vision/guidelines for future development of this sector in the Baltic Sea Region are improved

Strengthening the organic farming, agri-food production, control sector and developing inter institutional cooperation in the Baltic Sea Region - „BalticEco“

Leader partner: Lithuanian Ministry of Agriculture Other project partners:

• Latvijas Zemkopības ministrija, • Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Estonia, • Ministerium für Landwirtschaft, Umwelt und Verbraucherschutz in Shwerin, • Certification institution „Ekoagros“ Duration: 1 year Geographical scope: Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Germany (represented by federal state Mecklenburg-Vorpommern)

Strengthening the organic farming, agri-food production, control sector and developing inter institutional cooperation in the Baltic Sea Region - „BalticEco“

BUDGET OF THE PROJECT

PROJECT BALTICECO

PRELIMINARY SCHEDULE FOR VISITS

• Preliminary: • LV: 26 - 29th of May; • DE: 10 -13th of June; • LT: 15 -19th of September

MAIN SUBJECTS FOR DISCUSSION DURING VISITS ARE THE FOLLOWING National organic food and farming legislations, standards, similarities and differences, exchange them according to needs • •



Every EU country has different national legislation for application of EU organic farming regulation requirements. The regulations are also applied differently in the project countries, especially if only general requirements are present in the articles. That is why the discussion regarding the application of certain regulations is needed in order to improve national legislation of the project countries. Various project countries established national rules for organic production within scope of organic farming regulation, but there are no detailed rules in EU regulations. (e.g. LT has national rules for public catering, rabbit, deer animals growing; EE – rabbits, nutrias, quails and mass catering; LV – deer family animals, rabbits, pheasants, quails, snails, pigeons, earthworm production; DE – national rules for pullet breeding, controls for egg production units, several private standards for fallow deer, rabbits, microalgae production, mass catering and pet food). Visits to the farms having different national standards (especially the ones that are unique to one or several project countries) are planned during the scope of the project

MAIN SUBJECTS FOR DISCUSSION DURING VISITS ARE THE FOLLOWING

Control system for organic food and farming, penalties for violations or non-compliance within a country • Exchange visits, to discuss national (and common to all partners) problems in organic farming sector, legislation gaps, provide possible ways of corrections and to share the best practices. • The discussion about EU and national organic food and farming legislations, standards, similarities and differences (modify them, according to needs) is planned. • Activities and discussions related to control system for organic food and farming, penalties for violations or non-compliance within a country are also within the main project scope. • Main certification, control problems and gaps in legislation that are common to all participant countries will be crystalized. • Most sensitive, criticised or differently implemented parts of EU regulations

MAIN SUBJECTS FOR DISCUSSION DURING VISITS ARE THE FOLLOWING Sharing of best practices in setting up demonstration organic farms

• The discussion about main criteria and rules for establishing such demonstrational organic farms in some Baltic countries is planned as well. • The preparation of rules for such farms in LT is planned in the nearest future. • Recommendations and discussions between the project members about the main criteria for establishing such farms will be carried out (e.g. farmer using good land treatment methods, modern equipment for animal keeping and feeding, inviting visitors and organic food consumers to farm, allowance of scientific work in natural farm conditions, possibilities for selling products in the website, possibilities for making final products/production selling experience in the farm shop, neighbouring farmers’ cooperation possibilities, sharing the best practice with other organic farmers etc.).

MAIN SUBJECTS FOR DISCUSSION DURING VISITS ARE THE FOLLOWING Discussion of other relevant problems and the exchange of experience in organic plant growing sector

• The aim of these discussions is to clarify scientific and technological expertise in the use of cropping systems, crops in organic farming, the possible range of variety of winter and spring crops and others related areas. • During the meetings (visits) with partners, it is important to identify the limitation of agro-technologies in organic farming, to discuss knowledge gaps for more stable organic agricultural development and possible new research within the framework of the joint project. • The exchange of experience between scientific institutions in organic seed sector

MAIN SUBJECTS FOR DISCUSSION DURING VISITS ARE THE FOLLOWING

Setting up criteria for the best organic farm/product • One of the seed money facility project activities is to expand the scope of the best organic farm/product competition among all Baltic States – LT, LV, EE, DE. • The requirements for the competition will be adapted for the entire Baltic region. • The scope of this project includes visiting suggested, the most advanced organic farms • The best organic product during exhibitions between all Baltic countries will become a nice continuous tradition. • Organizing Baltic/Nordic sea countries meeting/conference in LT in 2015 or 2016

ACHIEVED OUTCOMES

• Exchanged experience about promotion in organic farming; • Improved consumer (especially children and young generation) knowledge about benefit of organic farming; • Rules for the best organic farm/product of the Baltic Sea countries competition; • Improved agro-ecosystem productivity and welfare of the Baltic Sea region countries;

• Baltic/Nordic sea countries meeting/conference in Lithuania • Prepared work plan for future project

Thank you for your attention!

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