BIOFRUITNET: a questionnaire about needs and knowledge in organic fruit growing to be filled out (IT)

30/06/2020
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Plant protection against pests and diseases is a big issue for organic fruit growers, as fruit is a very sensitive produce. Many organic farmers in Europe have adapted their own practices and techniques locally to successfully deal with the challenge of organic crop protection. This valuable practical knowledge often remains at the local level, instead of being shared with fruit growers facing the same problems in other regions.

The  BIOFRUITNET project connects European practitioners in organic fruit and wants to make successful methods of crop protection available to all. The project’s first step is getting a picture of the challenges organic fruit growers in Europe are facing as well as the strategies they are using to face these challenges.

BIOFRUITNET’s partners have recently launched an online questionnaire  for technical advisors and fruit growers to identify needs and knowledge gaps regarding stone, pome and citrus fruit. They are also collecting best-practices and inquire how farmers would prefer to access technical information about such issues. The project encourages farming advisors, practitioners as well as selected researchers in 20 European target countries to fill in the questionnaire and to suggest combinations of practices in their local contexts by 30 September 2020.

The results of the questionnaire will allow the project to identify what knowledge and information is needed where. It will provide the basis for informative and easy to understand videos, podcasts and e-learning courses. These formats shall be disseminated via networks, advisory services and academic schools throughout Europe.

For more information on the project activities and expected results, visit the project website at this LINK

Source: IFOAM EU

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