|Project title||MINERVA Olive Oil Production Standard and Experimental Application|
|Coordinator||Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania|
Ecological Production Systems Unit
Institute of Viticulture and Horticulture of Heraklion
National Agricultural Research Foundation (NAGREF)
|Date of approval (duration)||June 2011 – Duration: 3 years|
Increasing demand for food quality and safety as well as sound management of biotic and abiotic resources towards a minimum environmental impact have enforced a collaboration between MINERVA (a Greek leading company in the food sector), Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania and the National Agricultural Research Foundation (NAGREF).
In a three years project, production Standards will be created to cover primary production, processing and packing of olive oil.
Operations will be inspected by a third party ensuring compliance of the farmer’s groups with the developed Standards. The initiative follows previous examples worldwide for food safety and quality (e.g. farm to fork, the Global Food Safety Initiative etc.).
Added value for the farmer, consumer and environment are envisaged and primary production critical points are targeted and experimentally tested: agrobiodiversity, nutrient, water and energy use, CO2 emissions.
The results will be announced in the end of the project and will provide information for farming production practices improvement.Tangible outcomes are expected to benefit significantly olive primary production in Greece and the Mediterranean leading towards sustainable agriculture..
EAAE SEMINAR “Developing Integrated and Reliable Modeling Tools for Agricultural and Environmental Policy Analysis ”
Organizer: European Association of the Agricultural Economists, MAICh
The Geological Society of Greece and the Dep. of Mineral Resources Engineering, Technical University of Crete organize the 13th International Congress of the Geological Society of Greece with the title:
“Exploration & Exploitation of Mineral Resources”
The congress will be held in the facilities of Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania (MAICh), Crete, Greece, from Thursday 5th of September to Sunday 8th of September 2013.