Propagation of forest plants in the Ruupa nursery (Ruupa Puukool)
LEADER funds help improve production and supply of forest seedlings in Estonia.
The family-owned Ruupa forestry nursery (Ruupa Puukool OÜ) provides private forest owners in Estonia with locally-produced forest plants. Seeds had previously been sown manually by the nursery but this made the sowing process time-consuming and labour-intensive. It could also result in an inconsistent quality of seedlings. LEADER helped co-finance the purchase of modern sowing machinery to address these productivity issues.
Positive business benefits from the CAP funding involved reduced manual labour, shorter sowing time, improved plant quality, and an increase in the percentage of germinated seeds.
Wider positive benefits included less use of consumables and a reduced need for imported forest plants and seedlings.