On June 18-20, 2014 the V international conference "Combination of science, education, practical production and fair sales of quality organic products" took place

The conference was held on the basis of Illintsi state agrarian college, Vinnytsia region

V international conference "Combination of science, education, practical production and fair sales of quality organic products". Photo: BIOLan Ukraine

(

At the opening of the conference Vasyl Pyndus, director of Illintsi state agrarian college, head of the board of the Association of organic production stakeholders “BIOLan Ukraine” informed the participants on the creation of a platform for fruitful cooperation among researchers, producers and educators in the field of organic agriculture. In encompasses thorough study of organic production systems on the basis of Illintsi state agrarian college experimental land plots. Currently this cooperation involves development and mastering production know-how and scientific basis of adaptive agricultural systems.

In his welcome speech, Кostiantyn Samoilenko, deputy head of the Department of scientific and educational provision of agro-industrial production and rural development of the Ministry of agrarian policy and food of Ukraine, stressed the importance of such a conference for the Ukrainian market development.

Svitlana Melnychuk, deputy head of the Division of crop products production and marketing organization of the Department of agro-industrial development of Vinnytsia regional state administration, presented an analysis of the regional agrarian market development, including development of the organic sector.

According to Ihor Bulhakov, the head of Illintsi district state administration, the conference is a wonderful platform for gaining knowledge. He emphasized that scientific potential and practical implementation of the organic production methods are very important for reaching higher level of Ukrainian organic market development.

Henri Barnabot, counselor for agricultural questions in the Ukrainian government, Embassy of France in Ukraine, stated that it is essential not only to keep but also to improve work on development of the Ukrainian organic market.

Tetiana Cherniavska, the head of the Division of education and staffing of the Department of scientific and educational provision of agro-industrial production and rural development of the Ministry of agrarian policy and production of Ukraine, informed the participants on the adoption of the Law of Ukraine “On production and circulation of organic agricultural products and raw materials”. In her opinion, in the future the organic sector development will facilitate creation of jobs for many graduates of agrarian educational institutions.

Viktor Kaminskyi, doctor of agricultural sciences, professor, director of the National scientific centre “Institute of agriculture of the National academy of agricultural sciences”, informed the participants that in 2013 a stationary field test was started which is related to study of the effectiveness of technological methods of the land fertility reproduction and adaptive organic crops cultivation technologies. The test is held on 5 fields, it includes 4 repetitions and 10 variations.

Participants of the conference were 66 policy makers, representatives of research and educational institutions, agricultural companies, producers of plant protection agents and fertilizers allowed for their usage in organic agriculture, owners of organic products shops, etc.
The conference topics included scientific basics of organic crops cultivation systems (crop rotation, soil cultivation, fertilizers application, etc.); legislative framework of organic production in Ukraine; technologies of organic crops cultivation (grains, legumes, groats, vegetables and potatoes); etc.
Also the conference program anticipated some awareness-raising and demonstrational events.

Pictures from the conference can be accessed through the following link.

Program of the Conference (in Ukrainian).