The Future of Agriculture - Joint Development of .. (The Future of Agricu..)
The Future of Agriculture - Joint Development of Young Farmer Co-operation Around the Border
(The Future of Agriculture)
Start date: Oct 31, 2009,
End date: Aug 30, 2010
In the Romanian as well as Hungarian counties near the border the aging of the farmer society is a serious problem. (Source: Agrarian Research Institution (Agrargazdasagi Kutato Intezet), Hungary) Many young people rather move from this border-region instead of starting an agricultural activity, or even if they choose agriculture as a profession they are hardly capable of maintaining a farm.The project wishes to highlight, that based upon the knowledge gained about the EU and national agrarian policies, the attached strategies, measures and support systems, it is possible, even worth to choose agriculture as a means of living.The project offers an opportunity for the youth to obtain this knowledge, so helping them in adapting the EU and national agrarian policies; moreover to learn by means of an exchange of experience, the so called best practice at both sides of the border and to increase their economic connections.The project is also aimed at involving these young fanners in an impendent professional organisation that is already operation in Hungary, and is under construction in Romania, that would be able to support, inform and represent them in the future meanwhile offers an institutional framework for a long term professional co-operation across the border.The general objective of the project is building an effective professional agrarian co-operation around the borderTarget groups: young rural dwellers, wishing to work in agriculture at any side of the border, and choose it for a means for living. The main specific activities of the project are:1 Organisation of Young Farmer Club series of events (8 events, one in each county), and professional conferences establishing a framework thereof, in order to offer the young farmers living at the two sides of the borders opportunities for exchange of professional experience, development of economic connections and development of best available practices.2 Organisation of a project management training at both sides of the border, in order to distribute knowledge about founding, developing and managing an organisation, in order to create an effective Romanian young farmer organisation3 Making websites, newspapers and documentary movies in order to present the results of the project and the efforts, the situation of the direct and indirect target group, the Romanian and the Hungarian young farmers, as well as to evidence the necessity of a generation shift.Main results: At the events realised in the project framework young farmers have an opportunity to study the EU and national agrarian policies, the environmental regulation and support systems attached thereto, as well as the practical applications of these pieces of information. Visits to farms led by young innovative farmers are not just excellent for showing the best practices, but they can also help enhancing the economic connections by the creation of personal contacts. For all those not personally involved in project, bilingual papers and the website presenting the co-operation carry the project outcomes.
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