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Programme

Training seminar for organic potato growers, breeders and processors

“Knowledge Transfer and Generation of Innovation in and for the Organic Sector”

8 – 9 May, 2012
Hotel “Kolonna” Cēsis, Latvia

PROGRAMME

Title Topic / speaker
Tuesday, May 8
9:30 - 10:00 Arrivals and registration
10:00 Opening of the seminar, welcome
Jānis Garančs, General manager, Aloja Starkelsen, Ltd.
I What is organic
10:15

The principles of organic farming  
Christopher Stopes, IFOAM EU President /
EcoS Consultancy

IFOAM Preamble Principles of Organic Agriculture

10:45 Overview of organic farming and organic markets in Europe
Marco Schlüter, IFOAM EU Director
11:20 - 11:40 Coffee and tea
11:40

Overview of organic farming in Latvia
Madara Mežviete, Association of Latvian of Organic Agriculture

Overview of organic farming in Estonia
Merit Mikk, Estonian Organic Farming Foundation

12:00 Experience of exporting organic products
Erkki Pöytäniemi / Organic Food Finland
II The legal framework for organic food and farming in Europe
12:20 EU Organic regulation 834/2007: an general overview on organic regulation at EU level
Christopher Stopes, IFOAM EU President /
EcoS Consultancy
13:00 - 14:30 Lunch
14:30

The Common Agricultural Policy and its reform
Christopher Stopes, IFOAM EU President /
EcoS Consultancy

IFOAM EU Group Position Paper on CAP

15:00 Panel discussion: what does CAP do for the environment, consumers, organic farmers and processors?
Moderator:
Marco Schlüter, IFOAM EU Director
Speakers:
Christopher Stopes, IFOAM EU President
Tbc, Ministry of Agriculture, Latvia
Tbc, Ministry of Agriculture, Estonia
Merit Mikk, Estonian Organic Farming Foundation
Gustavs Norkārklis, Association of Latvian of Organic Agriculture
16:00 The EU framework for innovation and research
Marco Schlüter, IFOAM EU Director
16:20 - 16:40 Coffee and tea
III Organic representation at EU level for organic food and farming in Europe
16:40 Decision making process in EU
Marco Schlüter, IFOAM EU Director
  Questions & Answers, Discussion
17:30

IFOAM EU Group: Organic representation and lobbying in the EU
Marco Schlüter, IFOAM EU Director

IFOAM EU Group work program 2012 to 2014

IFOAM EU Group Newsletter

  Questions & Answers, Discussion
18:00 Summary of the day & feedback
19:00 Dinner
Wednesday, May 9
IV Technological solutions and novelties in system of organic potato growing, breeding and processing – trends and opportunities
9:00

EU Organic rules for plant production
Christopher Stopes, IFOAM EU President /
EcoS Consultancy

  Questions & Answers, Discussion
9:40 Plant protection in organic potato production
Heidi Tupala, plant pathologist, Finland
10:10

Breeding and basic seed production, planting, crop rotation & harvest
Mikko Rahtola, agronomist, senior advisor /
Luomuliitto ry, Finnish Organic Association

Finnish company selling weeding machines

  Questions & Answers, Discussion
11:00 - 11:15 Coffee and tea
11:15 Case study Aloja Starkelsen, Ltd.: Organic potato processing & starch production
Andrejs Hansons, Project manager, Aloja Starkelsen, Ltd.
  Questions & Answers, Discussion
V Training and innovation needs for organic potato growing
11:40 Workshops: identification of training and innovation needs & possibilities to improve organic potato production
12:50 Presentations of results. Discussions
Moderator: Christopher Stopes, IFOAM EU President /
EcoS Consultancy
13:20 Closure of seminar
13:30 Lunch

 

Organiser: Aloja Starkelsen, Ltd.

 

Cooperation partner: International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements EU group (IFOAM EU Group)

 

Project partners:

 

The seminar is co-financed by European Regional Development Fund

This seminar is organised within the project “Baltic Organic Potato for the World Markets” (BALTORGPOTATO) co-financed by Estonia – Latvia Programme.
The project unites enterprises, associations and institutes in Latvia and Estonia involved in organic potato food production chain, aiming to promote and ensure recognition of Baltic region organic potato food products and their producers in the world. Read more at http://www.baltorgpotato.com