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Datenbank der Projekte zur ländlichen Entwicklung

Horticultural Production Cooperation in Lisboa Region


In the Lisboa region which is characterised by small and fragmented farms, individual horticultural producers recognised the benefits of cooperation and invested in joint improved production capacity.



The Portuguese region where project has been implemented (Lisboa e Vale do Tejo) is dominated by horticultural production. Average holding size is very small and producers recognised the potential for cooperation.


The objectives of the project were: 1) To improve the performance of 4 specialized service and agricultural production companies through obtaining better economies of scale in the production process; 2) To adopt environmentally sustainable and innovative production technologies.

Main activities

The main activities of the project were: 1) Purchase and installation of irrigation and draining systems with the possibility of reutilising drainage and rain water and monitoring quality, a system for monitoring phytosanitary conditions for plant-protection products and biological control, and production and pre-packaging equipment; 2) Electrification and improvement of facilities to ensure the necessary production process quality requirements; 3) Adaptation of machinery yard.

Results & Benefits

The main project benefits were: 1) Improved economic sustainability of 4 small enterprises (through common accomodation, production management pooling plan and improved production technology); 2) Reduction in water consumption (through better calculation and monitoring of water demand); 3) Reduced nutrients leaching, by recycling nutritive solutions and monitoring of quality; 4) Reduced application of plant-protection products by using integrated protection techniques; 5) Increased marketing.

Lessons learnt

The project has demonstrated the practicality of small autonomous agricultural/horticultural companies sharing certain capital and production facilities through physical co-location.

Project location and other information

Torres Vedras, Região de Lisboa e Vale do Tejo


Lisboa e Vale do Tejo

RDP Territory


Total project cost (€)

1 519 100.15

EAFRD contribution (€)

227 865.02

National contribution (€)

75 955.01

Private contribution (€)

1 215 280.12

Contact name

Jorge Camilo


+351912950497, +351261980100

Languages for contact

English, French, Spanish, Portuguese

At a glance



Final beneficiary type

Producer groups

Budget range

> €500 000

Start date:


End Date:


Theme / Measure:

• Competitiveness of Agriculture & Forestry
• Restructuring, developing physical potential, and promoting innovation
• 121. Modernisation of agricultural holdings


Agricultural product quality, Horticulture, Innovation, Joint management, Entrepreneurship

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