The Greek region of Epirus honours the olive tree

The Greek region of Epirus honours the olive tree

10/14/2014 - The Greek agro-economist Zampounis Vassilis, in collaboration with the Technological Educational Institute of Epirus and Professor George Manos, has written the book "Perspectives of olive oil development in in Epirus in the context of open trade between Greece and the world," in which analyzes the evolution of this grove in this largely rural area of the Greek country.
This book, of 149 pages, is part of the Project AGROQUALITY (www.agroquality.org) and has been recently introduced in the Cámara de Arta in a ceremony that was attended by farmers, agronomists and students.

The author concludes that the olive grove is very important for many socio-economic development and environmental reasons, particularly in disadvantaged areas such as Epirus, and the figure of the farm family is irreplaceable and must be supported in order to be viable.

For these conclusions to become a reality the book defends to maintain and improve quality through the development of products that offer added value such as Protected Geographical Indications (PGI); to attract investment, particularly to local initiatives from cooperatives; to create synergies with tourism, which continues to grow "hard" in this region; and to consider the experience and knowledge of educational institutions and scientific staff.

Epirus is one of the 13 peripheries of Greece, where olive cultivation plays a significant role. In Arta, located in the region of Epirus, stand table olives with IGP Konservolia de Arta, although in recent years the predominant variety is Kalamon in olive irrigation groves because of its high demand.

Further up north stands mainly the production of olive oil of the Lianolia variety of Corfu, in Preveza (which also has IGP) and Igoumenitsa.

Also this region is dominated by small family farms, where the costs of cultivation are "very high" (0.41 euros/kg. for table olives and 2.62 euros/kg. for olive oil) without taking into account other costs such as staff and family labor, land rent or certain indirect operating costs.

However, olive cultivation is prevalent in this region due to the high prices obtained by producers from direct sales of olive oil to consumers, aids of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and the lack of alternatives.
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