Title Promoting biological control methods in agriculture through the transfer of innovative tools and skills
Project Number 2011-1-RO01-LEO05-15320
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
Marketing Text The ecoplanta project is a 24-month initiative co-funded by the European Commission, under the Directorate-General for Education and Culture. The project aims to improve and upgrade skills and competences for farmers and agricultural workers in the field of organic plant protection. This will be achieved by transferring the innovative training material from the highly successful LdV PLANTPRO project to vocational trainers, through whom farmers and agricultural workers can benefit and acquire skills and competencies in organic plant protection. Additionally, ecoplanta will support the creation of green jobs by assisting farmers on the path to organic agriculture and/or by improving their employability, while promoting environmental friendly land use and agriculture.
Summary The application of agrochemicals for controlling pests and diseases is forbidden in organic agriculture, making crop protection a constant challenge for farmers and agricultural workers. The ecoplanta partnership has identified this clear need to enhance and upgrade farmers’ competencies and provide them with training material and key guidelines in order to help them adopt organic farming principles and to meet the increasing, both at a European level and globally, consumer demands. The targeted countries are Greece, Poland, Hungary and Romania, which are among the EU member states that face negative employment growth, large agricultural sectors and low GDP. At the same time, the employment situation in the agricultural sector in EU27 is changing rapidly and is becoming more competitive over the last decade. Considering these facts, it is clearly needed that VET in agriculture becomes more responsive to the labour market needs.
The ecoplanta Project will
• Improve low-skilled farmers and agricultural workers’ basic skills in organic pest and disease control
• Enable low-skilled farmers and agricultural workers to take advantage of opportunities that better their position in the labour market
• Make VET in the agriculture more responsive to labour market needs
• Provide VET trainers with adequate innovative tools and resources –in terms of methodology- to address the needs of farmers and agricultural workers
ecoplanta has been developed by a transnational consortium of six expert actors with complementary skills and expertise in Organic Farming, Research, Training, Business and Consulting from five EU member states i.e. Romania, Greece, Switzerland, Hungary and Poland
Open and distance learning
Sectors Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing
material for open learning
open and distance learning