A national funding plan to support organic production worth 705 million euros will benefit over 60,000 producers and livestock farmers, Agricultural Development & Food Minister Giorgos Georgantas said on the sidelines of SerExpo Fair in northern Greece.
Georgantas was speaking at a meeting on organic foods (known as “biological foods” in Greek) held by the ministry’s Secretariat General of EU Resources and Infrastructure and the Chamber of Serres.
The minister said that of the 705 million euros, 305 million euros was earmarked for organic livestock farming, he added. “The biodiversity of Greek soil has produced Greek meat that is unique in taste and quality, anyway – it would be wrong not to support the development of organic livestock farming,” he underlined. Greece is in a position to adapt its production to European Union targets for organic produce and would have a competitive edge with its organic products abroad as well.
Organic fish cultivation also offers similar prospects, Georgantas further said, especially if linked to tourism. The ministries of Agriculture and Education, he suggested, could develop programs to promote organic production nationally, building the consumer generation of the 2030s.
The expo is taking place in Serres from September 21 to 25.