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The National workshop on the Training Needs of OA trainers and farmers in Bulgaria took place on Thursday, March 25th 2010 at the University of Rousse “Angel Kanchev”. The event was attended by 33 guests in total of different professional groups of which: 5% organic farmers; 5% future farmers; 5% organic experts; 8% organic certification agents; 17% agronomists; 3% training experts; 8 % teachers; 39 % researchers; 10% Other participants.
The Workshop consisted of three sessions:
The first session was designed to explain the purpose of the Workshop. This purpose was to form a group of individuals together who may contribute by their point of view and expertise to the establishment of an organic agriculture training which will advance the knowledge provided by such educational activities up to date in accordance to EU regulations and certification scheme.
Next session of the workshop was to present organizations partners included in the project and an introduction to the summary, aims and objectives of the project Organic.Balkanet. Lecturer and moderator was assistant professor Dr. Atanas Atanasov.
The third session of the workshop was for the participants to propose their own course topics such as, Marketing organic products- Packaging –trade, Soil management in organic farms, Plant protection (pest & disease management) and weed control in vineyards and fruits orchards, Plant protection (pest & disease management) and weed control vegetables organic gardens, Organic seed production, Organic yields production and valorisation in a farm specialized in barley, corn, wheat and oats growing, Practical approaches for been breeding in organic farming, Quality assurance of products and process in organic farming, Dairy cows, sheep, goats, breeding in organic farming, Rural tourism and organic agriculture.