Advancement of non-technological innovation performance and innovation capacity in fruit growing and processing sector in selected Baltic Sea Region countries


March 2016 -
February 2019
1. Innovation 1.1 R&I infrastructures

InnoFruit

The project aims at developing the fruit growing potential in the Baltic Sea Region to secure the availability of healthy, high quality fruit and fruit related products through research driven innovations.

Summary

Despite the fact that high level research in the field of fruit growing and processing has been developed in Latvia and Lithuania the transfer of knowledge and innovation in these countries is limited due to the lack of appropriate advisory systems, slow development of fruit growing cooperatives, and low absorptive capacity of small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs).

The mutual exchange of knowledge and learning among the project partners aim to increase the number of successful SMEs in the fruit growing sector through the use and implementation of technological and non-technological innovations via a newly created demo-farm network. The complementary competencies of research organisations, nongovernmental organisations, producers’ cooperatives, and SMEs constituting the project consortium will facilitate efficient development and use of the demonstration base offered by the open network. The activities to be performed as part of the project will also lead to the elaboration of guidelines for the establishment of similar demo-farms in other countries, more efficient communication tools for diverse stakeholder groups, increased accessibility of new demonstration objects for fruit growing and fruit processing companies, as well as development of policy recommendations on knowledge and technology transfer in the fruit growing and food sector.

The project is expected to boost the innovation capacity of companies in the Baltic Sea Region, especially in the area of process, organisation, and marketing innovations, enabling them to open up new markets or reposition their products. It will also enhance the profile of the research organisations in providing relevant extension services along with boosting their research capacity and technological base. The project will contribute to the advancement and sustainable development of the knowledge based bioeconomy sector, int. al. contributing to the mitigation of regional disparities in the macro region.

Highlights by mid-term:

The project partners have successfully analysed the national fruit growing and processing sectors’, the scope and profile of small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs), as well as identified and reviewed the existing national studies. The results are summarised in the synthesis report on the main characteristics of the fruit-growing and processing sector of LV, LT and PL. This report will further support the sectoral SWOT analysis, trend analysis and assessment of the role and potential of demonstration farms in the involved Baltic Sea region countries.

Partners have also identified potential farms to be involved in the demo farm network. Intensive work with five farms in Lithuania, seven farms in Poland and 16 farms in Latvia has been carried out to assess their potential. It is expected that the open demo-farm network will enable regular access to the practical knowledge accumulated by the best farms in the Baltic Sea region countries.

Research partners have established and installed the planned pilot and demonstration objects, including demo objects in orchards, object for measurement of soil humidity in different soil depths, and object for evaluating plant pre-harvest conditions. More than 260 fruit growing SMEs have benefited already.

Project Stories

Budgets

Total
€ 1.50
million
Erdf
€ 1.27
million
Eni + Russia
€ 0.00
million
Norway
€ 0.00
million

PARTNERS

CONTACTS

Project manager

Institute of Horticulture

Ilze Lesiņa

37 129 147 993

Legal representative

Institute of Horticulture, Latvia University of Agriculture

Inese Ebele

37 129 466 525

Financial manager

Institute of Horticulture

Inga Sazonova

+37163722294

Communication manager

Latvia State institute of Fruit Growing

Edite Kaufmane

37 163 722 294