Agriculture

Baltic organic potato for the world markets

The project aims to develop new organic potato breeds and promote growing of organic potatoes among farmers by cooperation across borders among organic potato growers, breeders, processors and scientific institutions in Estonia and Latvia to ensure recognition of Baltic region organic potato products and sales volume growth in global markets.

Why? Food industry’s demand for organic products is increasing at a fast pace. Partners have identified a large market niche, where companies in the Baltic region would play a significant role should existing resources be mobilized and effectively used and weak points of organic potato food production chain eliminated.

What? The project’s activities promote the exchange of know-how between partners, which is very significant for improvement of the technology and quality of organic potato products as well as the promotion of their sales at EU and external markets. The project foresees the assessment of external markets, elaboration of a joint strategy and action plans. Partners organize joint events for potato growers and breeders, work on development of new and improvement of existing organic potato varieties and technologies and support farmers to become certified organic farms. Project activities will promote and ensure recognition of organic potato food products, their producers, and the region within EU as well as worldwide. Special attention is paid to consolidating regional stakeholders involved directly or indirectly with organic potato food production chain and the network, thus creating preconditions for new joint research initiatives and development of new organic potato products and technologies demanded throughout the world.

Website: www.baltorgpotato.com

Finding the regional strengths to create business opportunities for Arctic agriculture based on special plants (BARENTSPEC)

The project aims at improving the competitiveness of agriculture in the North. Due to the ultimate climate, ordinary agriculture is not highly competitive. The Arctic circumstances – short growing season, long hours of daylight, poor soils, and big differences in day and night temperatures – may cause in plants qualities that are highly valued in the branches of nutrition, cosmetics and welfare.The project investigates the effects of local climate on five selected plant species that have a commercial potential beyond the conventional foodstuff industries; Avena sativa (oatmeal), Rhodiolarosea (golden root), Bergeniacrassifolia (leather bergenia), Allium victorialis (victory onion), and Arnica Montana (arnica). Specimens of the same origin are grown during two seasons on five different research stations in Norway, Finland and Russia. The phonological, morpholigical and chemical features of these plants are monitored and compared during the project period.The objective of the project is to increase the expertise in special plant production, gain knowledge on values that northern circumstances add to these special plants, and create new production lines to complement the traditional basic agriculture. The project also contributes to increasing information about the impacts of climate change on plants in the north.

Development and cultivation of local plant resources in the Barents region

This is a project that aims at increasing the utilization of some wild plants. It is possible to use many of the wild plants of the region for food and health products. The project will focus on some species like timothy and meadow fescue – who already have proven to have potential in cultivation. The project will also study the plants bilberry and angelica.

Project website: https://portal.mtt.fi/portal/page/portal/mtt/hankkeet/barentsloc