IPESA 2nd PSC Meeting, 29 March, 2018March 29, 2018
ANES Training, Durrës 3-4 May 2018May 4, 2018
The first AKIS workshop in Albania
On April 27th 2018 representatives of Ministry of Agriculture and project IPESA ("Improvement of the performance and quality of the public extension service in the livestock sector") an EU-funded project implemented by NIRAS company organized “ALBANIA AGRICULTURE KNOWLEDGE AND INNOVATION SYSTEM” workshop. We were honored to be hosts of representatives of several Farmers organizations, Agricultural University of Tirana, ANES (Albanian National Extension Service), ARDA (Albanian Rural Development Agency), ATTCs, (Agriculture Technology Transfer Centers), GIZ and other EU funded projects, different NGOs, business initiatives and many other.
The main objective of the workshop was to identify and decide how AKIS actors can participate in dissemination of knowledge, good practices and information for the farmers – and which methods shall be used to ensure absorption and implementation of delivered information by farmers.
Mr. Dhimitaq Kote, Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural development, emphasized that in our days farmers work in rapidly changing environment where they must adapt to the new market demands but also to the numerous new rules concerning the food safety, environment protection and animal welfare. Also, there is constant need for improvement of production, implementation of the new technology and latest available knowledge to achieve better quality and price for the products.
Mr. Morten Sejersen, Team Leader of the IPESA project, after opening remarks gave a review of findings and recommendations prepared by IPESA under assessment of the sector. Mr. Hrvoje Ivan Horvat, IPESA Senior Sector Expert presented AKIS as a term, presented EU developments and expected changes in relation to knowledge and innovation activities within EU CAP. These two presentations were followed by other AKIS actors who presented their efforts and future steps in this area.
On the second part of the workshop representatives of AKIS actors had a chance to present their view on modalities and areas of possible cooperation in achieving of the national objectives in agriculture. The workshop was finished with mutual understanding of different needs of farmers and bigger understanding of what are the critical challenges to achieve better cooperation of in the future.
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