RDP project database
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.
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.
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
Total project cost (€)
1 519 100.15
EAFRD contribution (€)
National contribution (€)
Private contribution (€)
1 215 280.12
Languages for contact
English, French, Spanish, Portuguese
Original Language version
At a glance
Final beneficiary type
> €500 000
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