Investing in organic agriculture in a Less Favoured Area
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A farmer in a Less Favoured Area turned to organic agriculture and began growing ancient varieties of cereals. He has achieved sustainability through niche, quality production.
The beneficiary cultivates ancient varieties of cereals, including emmer wheat (Triticum dicoccon), spelt (Triticum spelta) and einkorn wheat (Triticum monococcum), as well as buckwheat and melilot. The farm is located in a Less Favoured Area (LFA). Since the farmer did not want to turn to conventional agriculture, he applied for support under the rural development programme (RDP) measure on organic agriculture. This enabled him to produce high-quality cereals in a sustainable manner.
The beneficiary grows 80 ha of ancient varieties of cereals using organic methods.
The farm has an annual output of 70 tonnes of organic produce. Some 70% is sold and 30% is consumed on-site.
Environmental benefits are achieved by not using plant protection products, artificial fertilisers or hazardous substances.