06 October 2023
The project leader, Ilze Dimante, once again discussed our goals and anticipated outputs, while activity leaders delved into their tasks in more detail. The report from the associated organization, the Ministry of Agriculture (Latvia), on the Proposal for a Regulation on plant reproductive material, drew particular attention as it is closely related to the achievement of our project objectives.
In her report, Maarit Heinonen from LUKE talked about how our project's associated organizations, Eura and Lemi municipalities, maintain and promote their unique local historical potato varieties. She explained that, for example, in Lemi municipality (Southwest Finland), the special variety "Vaanin Herkku" is presented as a business gift. However, the availability of healthy seed material for these special local varieties still remains an issue. This report received huge applause from the meeting participants.
The meeting participants agreed to actively express their opinions to their respective National authorities on specific points of the new regulation. The meeting participants also agreed to meet in Latvia at the end of January, where a seminar will be organized together with the target groups.