5.05.2010. UNDP for innovative development of rural areas in the North Caucasus
UNDP project ‘Sustainable Integration and Recovery in the Republic of North Ossetia-Alania’, together with FAO and ACDI/VOCA, organized the North Caucasian Forum ‘Consultancy as a key part of innovative development of rural areas’ on 28-29 April 2010, in Pjatigorsk.
It brought together 62 participants from the ministries of agriculture, Agriculture Extension Centres and Farmers Associations from Stavropol, the republics of Karachaevo-Cherkessia, Kabardino-Balkaria, Dagestan, Ingushetia, Chechnya and North Ossetia-Alania, and the Russian Federation.
They discusse a wide range of issues, including the status of Agricultural Extension Service in Russia and its role in the implementation of federal and regional programmes aimed at the development of agriculture and rural areas; issues of state support for consulting activities and support from international organizations; the demand for Extension Services by state and private farmers, rural entrepreneurs and the effective management of the Extension Service.
During the discussion, the advantages and disadvantages of Agriculture Extension Service were revealed. The representatives of the existing services had the opportunity to share and exchange experience, consider ways to address some common problems. The representatives from the Republic of Kabardino-Balkaria and Karachay-Cherkessia will raise the issue about the establishment of Agriculture Extension Services in their Republics.
It was decided to develop the recommendations of the Forum and submit them for consideration to the ministries of agriculture of Stavropol and the Republics of the North Caucasus Federal Okrug and the Administration of the North Caucasus Federal Okrug.
The role of the Forum is well formulated by Mr. Abaldov, head of Stavropol Agriculture Extension Service: “Such events are very important for us, and we should be more proactive in organizing them by ourselves. They are both a possibility for learning and discussing various issues and challenges, and a good occasion for improving relations between peoples of the North Caucasus."
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