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Bio-agricultural management and control
Start date: Feb 29, 2004, End date: Jun 29, 2005 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The European Union identifies as a priority the growth of eco-compatible agriculture in the framework of promoting sustainable development. As regards rural development the CAP (Common Agricultural Policy) focuses on the development of organic agriculture. Regional Plans for Rural Development follow in the same direction, through the adoption of the so-called Agro-Environmental Measures: several farms in Friuli Venezia Giulia have taken part in one or more actions envisaged in the Agro-Environmental Measures, thus entering a system that leads to the certification of regional integrated productions. Similarly, in the past few years Slovenia too has engaged in experimental alternative production techniques, based on organic agriculture. In this context, cross-border cooperation represents an important element to tackle the issues related to vocational training. In this sense, the project is based on the fact that the Italian side suffers from an evident lack of professionalism and upgrading in the specific field of eco-compatible agriculture, while on the Slovenian side the need exists to bridge the gap towards the farming, agricultural and food standards required by the EU in the framework of the enlargement. Additionally, in both areas the degree of info-telematic technology adopted in farming management is extremely low. In this sense, the project intends to launch a training programme aimed at improving the professional skills of farming experts in supporting farms that adopt eco-compatible methods (with reference to integrated and organic agriculture), also through the creation of networks of Italian and Slovenian farms.

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