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Projects

Current projects: 

“PREPARING QUALITY SEED MATERIAL IN ORDER TO REDUCE PRODUCTION COSTS, INCREASE PRODUCTIVITY AND IMPROVE QUALITY”

The main objective of the project is to increase the efficiency and competitiveness of farms and to ensure sustainable farming by applying innovative seed processing technology.

The specific objective of the project is to encourage farms to introduce innovative seed processing technologies that help select high-quality seed that would optimize the quantities of chemicals and fertilizers, increase the resistance of crops, improve yield and quality, reduce the cost of production and contribute to sustainable farming.

Project objectives:

  1. Organizing experience sharing groups that would actively participate in demonstration tests, analysing the applicability and economic benefits of results.
  2. Installation and Performance of Demonstration Tests.
  3. Summary of test results and preparation of publicity material, organization of outdoor days and seminars.
  4. Organization of final conference.
  5. Publicizing the results of the project and preparing recommendations.

Project implementation period: 2019-2020

“REDUCING GREENHOUSE GAS OUTPUTS IN MILK FARMS BY USING INNOVATIVE HERD MANAGEMENT, GENETIC IMPROVEMENT AND FEEDING TECHNOLOGIES”

The main objective of the project is to evaluate dairy farms, using special cattle care standards and to make recommendations on how appropriate feed and genetic improvements can contribute to reducing greenhouse gas emissions without lowering milk yields.

The specific objective of the project is to reduce the greenhouse effect, increase farm productivity and profitability in dairy farms, using innovative genetic and feeding solutions.

Project objectives:

  1. Organizing experience sharing groups that would actively participate in demonstration tests, analysing the applicability and economic benefits of results.
  2. Installation of demonstration tests.
  3. Performing Demonstration Tests:
  4. Summary of test results and preparation of publicity material, organization of field days and seminars.
  5. Publicizing the results of the project and preparing recommendations.

Project implementation period: 2019-2020

“IMPLEMENTATION OF INTENSIVE MILK FARM SYSTEMS THAT REDUCE EMISSIONS OF GREENHOUSE GASES”

The aim of the project is to assess the output of selected intensive dairy farms in terms of production and economic activity, identify the sources of climate change, and propose measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions without diminishing milk production intensity and economic performance.

Project objectives:

  1. Analysing feed production technologies, the quality of feed produced, the organization of animal feed, the accumulation of manure and slurry and the ways of handling them on selected farms,
  2. Identifying sources of GHG in dairy farms and finding ways to manage them;
  3. Assessing the effectiveness of the biotechnological tools used to improve the fermentation of the produced silage and improve the digestibility and uptake of the feed, while also assessing the ability to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions during the production and use of silage fodder;
  4. Finding and implementing tools and methods to reduce manure emissions and assess the effectiveness of the measures used;
  5. Assessing the cost-effectiveness of the biotechnological measures implemented during the project.

Project implementation period: 2018-2020.

The project is being implemented together with the Institute of Animal Science of the Lithuanian University of Health Sciences.

“INNOVATIVE METHOD FOR CYDIA POMONELLA BIOCONTROL THROUGH DISRUPTING MATING BEHAVIOURS”

The main goal of the project is to introduce innovative tools that will help protect the garden from Cydia pomonella. The project will employ mating disruption methods in Lithuanian horticultural farms. Using this new method, the use of insecticides will be lessened in horticultural farms, which will increase the economic efficiency of the farm and reduce environmental pollution.

The specific objective of the project is to encourage farms to accelerate technological innovation and increase profitability in order to create the right conditions for the development of horticulture under changed climatic and agrarian conditions, to enhance the competitiveness of gardens under changing market conditions.

Project objectives:

  1. Organizing experience sharing groups that would actively participate in demonstration tests, analysing the applicability and economic benefits of results.
  2. Installation and performance of demonstration tests.
  3. Summary of test results and preparation of publicity material, organization of outdoor days and seminars.
  4. Organization of the final conference.
  5. Publicity and dissemination of project results.

Project implementation period: 2019-2021

„IMPROVING THE COMPETENCES OF FARMERS AND RURAL POPULATION”

Project goals:

  • to motivate rural residents, farmers and their partners to participate in the lifelong learning strategy implementation processes and to develop their competences;
  • to convey knowledge and develop skills of farmers, their partners, farm workers and other natural or legal persons engaged in agriculture, food and forestry activities, rural land managers and employees of small and medium-sized enterprises, including craftsmen.
  • to encourage farmers and other rural residents to take an interest in innovation and apply it on their farms;
  • to increase the viability and competitiveness of farmers’ and other rural population’s economic activities in all rural areas by strengthening human resources and implementing advanced technologies;
  • to promote the efficient use of resources by farmers and other rural populations, moving to a climate-resilient low carbon economy;
  • to train farmers and other rural residents to preserve and enhance biodiversity;
  • to encourage farmers and other rural residents to preserve the environment and sustainable development;
  • to inform and train farmers and other rural residents on how to apply EU and national agri-environmental and climate change requirements;
  • to promote the preservation of agricultural ecosystems;
  • to teach resource efficiency and promote the transition to a climate-resilient low-carbon economy in the agricultural sector;
  • to develop competencies that allow adapting to new market developments and promoting competitive skills.

The task of the project is to organize 156 training courses. Planned final number of beneficiaries – 2184.

Project implementation period: 2019-2020

Past projects:

“ADVANCED TEACHERS FOR ADVANCED EUROPEAN UNION AND LITHUANIA”

The aim of the project is to publicize the benefits of EU investments, to inform vocational teachers in the agricultural sector about the possibilities of developing their competencies and to contribute to the implementation of the communication strategy “Advanced Lithuania”. During this project, a short film was created and a news-clip was produced and broadcast on national television and radio. A one-day motivational forum / discussion was also organised.

The project has contributed to raising the profile of EU investment not only for vocational education teachers, the education sector and social partners, but also for the country as a whole. Portraying vocational education teachers as advanced, skilled, capable of applying innovations is the best publicity campaign. The benefits of EU investment in vocational education teacher qualifications and motivation have been demonstrated by showing the outcome of the development of a new, competent and advanced generation of professionals that meet the needs of the labour market.

Project implementation period – 2018

Project results:

“SOIL STRUCTURE AND QUALITY IMPROVEMENT USING MICROORGANISMS. REDUCTION OF NITROGEN COMPOUNDS EMISSIONS, WHILE MAINTAINING THE PRODUCTIVITY OF PLANTS, USING TRACE ELEMENTS”

Under Lithuanian Rural Development Programme 2014-2020, Measure: Cooperation – Establishment of EIP action groups and developmemnt of their activities

Project objective:

In collaboration with consultants, research institutions and farmers, to carry out demonstration tests, which will be aimed at improving the quality of the soil and reducing nitrogen fertilizer use, without losing profitability and even increasing it. New generation of mikronutrient fertilizers and micro-organisms will be used in demonstration tests.

Project activities:

1. EIP operational group meetings;
2. Demonstration test systems – 11 partner farms will be equipped with demonstration tests.
3. The demonstration tests are performed, using a new generation of micronutrient fertilizers and micro-organisms, the use of which is expected to improve the quality of the soil, restore the humus content of the soil, reduce the use of nitrogen fertilizers and fertilizer costs, improve product quality, and economy will suffer less costs, increase profitability, improve soil quality and less polluting.
4. The test results are summarized and publicity material prepared
5. The results of the project are publicised and information disseminated

“DEVELOPEMENT OF COMPETENCES OF RURAL POPULATION”

Under Lithuanian Rural Development Programme 2014-2020, measure Knowledge transfer and information actions – Support for vocational training and acquisition of skills

 

Project objectives:

  • To motivate the rural population and farmers to integrate into lifelong learning processes and improve their competencies;
  • To impart knowledge to farmers, their partners, farm workers and other natural or legal persons engaged in the agricultural, food and forestry activities, micro and medium-sized companies, including craftsmen, to develop their skills by organizing training;
  • To encourage farmers and other rural residents in development and application of innovation in their holdings;
  • To increase viability and competitiveness of farmers‘ and other rural residents‘ economic activities, strengthening human resources and the introduction of advanced technologies;
  • To encourage farmers and other rural residents to effectively use resources, to move to climate-resilient low-carbon economy;
  • To train farmers and other rural residents to conserve biological diversity and increase it;
  • To encourage farmers and other rural residents to protect the environment and its sustainable development;
  • Information and training to apply the EU and national requirements for good agricultural condition, agri-environment and climate change;
  • To promote the preservation of agricultural ecosystems;
  • To teach the efficient use of resources and to promote the transition to a climate resilient low-carbon economy in the agricultural sector;
  • To improve competencies, allowing them to adapt to new market developments, and to promote the capacity to compete.

Main task – to hold 73 training courses from 3 programs:

  1. Sustainable farming
  2. Participation in environmental protection measures and their implementation
  3. Animal welfare (in the context of cross compliance requirements)

Project implementation period: January 1, 2016 – March 31, 2017

 

“IMPROVING FARMERS’ COMPETENCIES”

Under Lithuanian Rural Development Programme 2014-2020, measure Knowledge transfer and information actions – Support for vocational training and acquisition of skills

Project objectives:

  • To motivate the rural population, farmers and their partners to integrate into lifelong learning processes and improve their competencies;
  • To impart knowledge to farmers, their partners, farm workers and other natural or legal persons engaged in the agricultural, food and forestry activities and rural economic activity, micro and medium-sized companies, including craftsmen, and to develop their skills by organizing training;
  • To encourage farmers‘ and other rural residents‘ interested development and application of innovations in their holdings;
  • To increase the viability and competitiveness of farmers‘ and other rural residents‘ economic activities, strengthening human resources and introducing advanced technologies;
  • To encourage farmers and other rural residents in the effective use of resources, moving to climate-resilient low-carbon economy;
  • Training of farmers and other rural residents to conserve biological diversity and increase it;
  • To encourage farmers and other rural residents to protect the environment and its sustainable development;
  • To inform and train farmers to apply the EU and national requirements for good agricultural condition, agri-environment and climate change;
  • To promote the preservation of agricultural ecosystems;
  • To teach the efficient use of resources and to promote the transition to a climate resilient low-carbon economy in the agricultural sector;
  • To improve competencies, allowing them to adapt to new market developments, and to promote the capacity to compete.

The main task – to hold 143 training courses for 2,002 farmers and other rural residents

Project implementation period: January 1, 2017 – May 31, 2018.

 

“USE OF INTEGRATED PRECISION FARMING SYSTEM IN LOWERING PRODUCTIONS COSTS, RAISING PRODUCTIVITY AND IMPROVING THE QUALITY OF THE PRODUCE”

Under Lithuanian Rural Development Programme 2014-2020, measure Knowledge transfer and information actions – Support for demonstration projects and information actions

Principal objective – combining the knowledge, capabilities and experience of consultancy and farming businesses on the basis of scientific progress, to perform demonstration tests – establish an integrated precision farming system, covering crop monitoring, remote sensing and laboratory data analysis, plant diagnostic – agrochemical model and spectrographic instruments grouping in order to increase crop farm productivity, profitability, efficient use of resources and protection of biodiversity and the environment. The system combines a number of spatial (GIS and GPS), agrochemical, physical, spectrographic and information technology solutions, and will determine the amount of water, macro (nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium) and micro (iron, manganese, zinc, copper) elements within the plants, the spread and lack of nutritional elements in winter and spring rape, wheat, spring barley, winter triticale – crops at different stages of their growth periods, as early as possible and as accurately as possible, in order to determine the elements the plants are lacking. All this can be carried out remotely, by installing spectrographic instruments, which will help identify the chemical elements in the image of the plant. After processing the data, it will be known whether or not to fertilize crops, and, if necessary, what substances and in what quantities should be spread. In addition, the system will pinpoint risky crop areas, where changes in growth will be monitored.

Specific objective – to encourage farms to accelerate technological innovation and increase profitability. A smaller amount of fertilizer will help restore the weakened natural soil biological activity, while increasing the plants’ resistance to unfavorable conditions, which will increase production yields and decrease production costs.

Project implementation period: January 1, 2017 – March 31, 2018.

 

“APPLICATION OF MICROBIOLOGICAL PRODUCTS TO INCREASE VEGETABLE PRODUCTION AND PHYTOPATHOGEN RESISTANCE AND IMPROVE THE CONDITION OF THE SOIL ECOSYSTEM”

Under Lithuanian Rural Development Programme 2014-2020, measure Knowledge transfer and information actions – Support for demonstration projects and information actions

 

 The project’s principal objective – combining knowledge, capabilities and experience of consultants and farm businesses with scientific progress, perform demonstration tests addressing issues of biodiversity and ecosystem protection in arable land, problems of declining soil biological activity, restoring the balance of nutritional elements and promoting integrated plant protection products. Use of innovative microbiological products for vegetable production will yield stability assurance, quality improvement, production cost reductions while restoring, protecting and improving the soil ecosystem.

Specific objective – to encourage farms to introduce biotechnological innovations and increase profitability by reducing the use of chemical fertilizers and plant protection products. During the project, microbiological products enriched with bacteria and fungi will be integrated into the modern technologies of vegetable production,in order to  restore weakened natural soil biological activity, restore nutritional elements balance, increase plant resistance to adverse growing conditions, increase yields and reduce production costs.

Project implementation period: 2017 – 2018

 

“THE USE OF DAIRY FARM ECONOMIC POTENTIAL EVALUATION SYSTEMS IN ORDER TO REDUCE PRODUCION COSTS, INCREASE PRODUCTIVITY AND IMPROVE PRODUCTION QUALITY”

Under Lithuanian Rural Development Programme 2014-2020, measure Knowledge transfer and information actions – Support for demonstration projects and information actions

 Key objectives and tasks:

The project’s principal objective – combining the knowledge, capabilities and experience of consultants and farm businesses with and scientific progress to perform demonstration tests – to perform economic evaluation of the potential of dairy farms and make recommendations for maximum use of their economic potential in order to increase production efficiency, quality and reduce production cost.

Specific objective – to encourage farms to accelerate technological innovation and increase the profitability of dairy farms. Evaluating the economic potential will allow to identify the most cost-effective animals that produce large quantities of milk with a low somatic cell count, have long life span, high fertility levels, etc. Those animals can be selected for further breeding. It will also identify the animals that do not have a high genetic value, but can be used in other economically beneficial activities.  The offspring of such animals will not be bred in order to improve the economic performance of the herd. This will improve animal health, productivity, which will generate more revenue while not extending the herd i.e. increase the production quantity and quality, and decrease production costs.

Project implementation period: 2017-2018

 

 

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