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Use of primary reserves in Moldovan agriculture depending on achieving of qualitative standards in the way of food production "from field to table"

The projects implemented by the Pomeranian Centre of Agricultural Advisory Services (PCAAS) in Gdansk, Stare Pole Branch, in the years 2007-2009, together with the National Rural Development Agency in Chișinău (NRDA), enabled it to gain an understanding of the issues facing Moldovan agriculture and rural villages, while the Moldovan side was able to gain an insight into the tasks, organisation and work methods of agricultural advisory services in Poland.

The cooperative relationship between the PCAAS Stare Pole Branch and the NRDA began in 2007 as part of a project entitled “Creating economic change in agriculture and the small enterprise sector, including agri-tourism.” This partnership continued in 2008 with a project entitled “The impact of agricultural advisory services on the development of agriculture and enterprises in rural areas of the Republic of Moldova,” and in 2009 with another project entitled “Strengthening the role of the agricultural advisory services of the Republic of Moldova and the professionalisation of their activities.” All of these projects helped their authors to gain an understanding of the problems affecting Moldovan agriculture and rural areas, which they applied in the design of more detailed and better targeted assistance in subsequent years.

The projects implemented previously sought to assist in solving the economic and social problems Moldova experienced during the transition period following the break-up of the Soviet Union in the early 1990s. Between 1990 and 1993, the country’s GNP fell by 50 per cent, and the share of agriculture in GNP decreased to 33 per cent. The subsequent period of transformation, involving the liquidation of cooperative and state-owned farms, brought equally serious consequences for that sector. The contribution of agriculture to GNP decreased further from 33 per cent to 12 per cent over that period.

Use of primary reserves in Moldovan agriculture depending on achieving of qualitative standards in the way of food production "from field to table"

The project was implemented jointly with the NRDA, a state institution with a network of 425 consultants, including 110 regional and 315 local consultants working in 35 teams. As part of its services to Moldovan farmers, agricultural sector enterprises and residents of rural areas, the NRDA transfers information on relevant new technologies and economics and shares the results of various trials run by agricultural institutes, research institutions and private companies.

The project was aimed at strengthening the technical and management capabilities of the direct beneficiaries in the fields of innovative production and processing technologies as well as preparation for sale and marketing of agricultural products, resulting in increased sales prices.

One of the important elements of the project was the training provided at the Stare Pole Branch to a group of 30 Moldovans, mainly regional and local consultants. The training participants also took part in practical training conducted on farms, in agri-food processing facilities, producer organisations, agricultural produce exchanges, agricultural product quality assessment laboratories and agricultural produce purchasing entities, and held meetings with representatives of central and local government authorities, agricultural market agencies, agricultural self-government and trade organisations. In addition, interested training participants were offered opportunities to establish various contacts, including business contacts, among their Polish counterparts.

Use of primary reserves in Moldovan agriculture depending on achieving of qualitative standards in the way of food production "from field to table"

The 30 participants of the training sessions in the PCAAS Stare Pole Branch became experts in the implementation of innovative production and processing technologies, and in the preparation of agricultural products for sale and marketing. The 100 participants of the conference held in Moldova gained knowledge and information on the use of Moldova’s primary agricultural reserves which involved achievement of quality standards and marketing values in relation to the production of food on its way “from the field to the table.”