Yubljana, SLOVENIA, June
12, 2003 -- CropChoice news: The presidents of organic
farmers associations from Slovenia: Union of Slovenian Organic Farmers`
Associations (USOFA), Austria: Bio-Ernte Austria from Carinthia
and Styria, Italy: APROBIO from Friuli-Venezia Giulia and AVEPROBI
from Veneto signed a declaration to create a bioregion dedicated
to the growing of organic food. The bioregion should comprise the
whole of Slovenia, the Austrian provinces of Carinthia and Styria
and the Italian provinces of Friuli-Venezia Giulia and Veneto.
Agriculture Ministers from Slovenia, Carinthia and Friuli-Venezia
Giulia were present at the ceremony and expressed their support
to this initiative.
"Organic farming in Austria is already very important agricultural
practice and its potential to grow is big. We want to preserve and
extend this potential also to future EU Member States and to ensure
farmers in the newly established bioregion to be able to farm in
an environmentally and ethically acceptable manner and to provide
consumers healthy, locally and sustainably produced food."
said Stefan Merkac from Bio-Ernte Austria.
Anamarija Slabe from USOFA added "In Slovenia on average,
every day we get new organic farm registered. In 1998 there were
41 organic farms in the country in the year 2002 total number was
1100 and they represented 1,3 % of total agricultural farmland in
the country in 2002. Our goal is to have 30 % organic agricultural
farmland in 10 years time."
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