Several farmers and agricultural producers in the Belarusian regions of Hrodna and Minsk have joined an EU-supported pilot initiative on organic production. Thanks to this, farming practices in the Smarhonski and Ašmianski districts of Hrodna region and the Valožyn district of Minsk region now correspond to EU standards.
One of the farms participating in the initiative has received some technical equipment to help automatize manual work. The farm’s land and its 19 types of products have also successfully gone through the organic certification process certifying their correspondence to the EU standards.
The certification also spread to the three neighbouring farms and has helped them to embrace the principles of organic farming, potentially bringing positive environmental, economic and social impacts on the local communities.
The pilot initiative is being implemented in the framework of the EU-funded project “Supporting the Transition to a Green Economy in the Republic of Belarus”. Done in partnership with the country’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection, the project supports the country in generating “green” economic growth based on green principles, including the environmentally sustainable and economically feasible use of natural resources. It also promotes environmentally sustainable production and consumption, as well as creating green jobs and changing its target groups' behaviour towards greater environmental sustainability.
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