The “Za Hrano Jutri Zagotovimo.si” Target Program for the Year 2016 Is Ready
The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Light Industry in cooperation with the State Research Agency completed an open tender procedure for the co-financing of projects of the “Zagotovimo.si Hrano Za Jutri” targeted program for the year 2016. The complete list includes 31 projects worth a total of 3 million euros, of which the share of the Ministry amounts to 2 million euros.
These projects cover the food security of Slovenia, the food production, the use of renewable natural resources, and the efficient management of natural resources and rural development.
The food safety will primarily focus on:
- the pests resistance to pesticides,
- the plant protection methods and risk reduction in horticulture,
- the early detection and treatment of bacterial blight in olive trees.
The health of poultry and pigs within intensive and alternative systems of animal husbandry will be also studied.
Nine projects are devoted to the food production and the renewable natural resources. In addition, the efficiency of the current model for the general agricultural policy of Slovenia and its reform options will be considered. The projects will also assess the extent of the competitiveness of agricultural products in the context of the climate changes, the balanced water consumption, and the development of industrial technologies. Researchers will be looking for solutions to competently use hay and genomic selection, which is capable of more improving milk production with higher accuracy and rapid assessment of the livestock breeding value. A project that studies an increase in the yield of apples is selected to support fruit growing.
Thirteen projects focus on the natural resource management. They include the study of genetic erosion in crops and farming on grasslands, the study of insects-pollinators activity for pollination of crops, the use of waste products for the cultivation of olives, and the development of advanced methods for the identification of changes in the use of agricultural lands.
The projects also focus on the identification of forest pests, particularly bark beetles. In addition to the prevention and security, the studies on the suitability of individual species of wood and the method of field-protecting afforestation as well as on the impact of technology remain relevant. All the previously mentioned reduces the long-term risks and ensures a decent level of income for landowners.
The Ministry seeks to support rural development with applied research and a competent placement of farm buildings that become the main obstacle to the development of agriculture.