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Case Studies on Organic Farming of Outdoor and Greenhouse Horticultural Crops and Vineyards in Crete, Greece

By Fidanka Trajkova, Harold Passam, Ahmet Altindisli, Vasilios Giasakis, Khaled Farhan and Eleftheria Stavridou


The land area currently under organic management in Greece amounts to approximately 1% of the total area devoted to agriculture, of which a mere 436ha (or 2% of area cultivated organically) is given over to the production of vegetable crops. The case studies presented here were carried out within the module “Organic Farming” of the Postgraduate Specialization Programme of the Department of Sustainable Agriculture of the Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania, Crete, Greece, in which first year students are introduced to the principles and methods of organic framing. The case studies on organic farming of outdoor horticulture crops and grape production were carried out in the prefecture of Chania, and that of greenhouse horticultural crops in the prefecture of Rethymnou, Crete. The case studies were written on the basis of observations and questions posed within the field. They cover the general management of the organic farms, cultivation practices and the methods of protection from pests and diseases within the various outdoor and greenhouse cropping systems. The survey showed that the farmers visited had been implementing organic farming practices for at least four years and all of them are successful in their production

Topics: Agriculture, forestry, and fisheries
Publisher: Здружение за заштита на растенијата на Република Македонија
Year: 2005
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