After the Paris quick-off, Albania received in Tirana (from March 22 to 25) a delegation of representatives from IDELE, ROM SELECTION and CORAM as well as the other companies of the "historical" cooperation with Albania: OSON and CAPGENES. The purpose of this visit was the venue of the inception workshop, which presented and discussed to project to local stakeholders. In addition to this presentation, the workshop provided an opportunity to discuss various logistical and organizational aspects for future missions. The institutional event took place in the presence of H.E. the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Mrs. Frida KRIFCA and H.E. Mrs. Elizabeth BARSACQ, Ambassador of France to Albania.
Since this event, the first technical mission has been deployed (April 2 to 10) with the objectives of (1) to draw up an inventory of practices and carrying out a typological study of the farms (cattle, sheep, goats) within the scope of the project in Korçë (this typology should make it possible to better formulate messages for the penetration of innovations and related good practices) and (2) to proceed with a preselection of small farms intended to be qualified as reference farms (pilots): innovation primary replicators, reference for the carbon footprint and information relays for the farmers in their area.
The next missions to be implemented by the end of June are being prepared: awareness-raising of advisory technicians on good practices (in the prism of the installation of energy transition equipment), demonstration and use of video-assisted equipment for animal insemination, study of the pastoral and socio-economic situation in the Gjirokastër region, installation of solar milk cooling at the Korçë breeding station.
After several months of appraisal, IDELE, ROM SELECTION and CORAM are pleased to announce that the BCTI will implement its project "Green Routes for Albanian Livestock" from next March after a launch during the Paris International Agriculture Trade Show 2022.
This project is co-financed by the FASEP-Green Innovation Fund of the French Treasury (85% of the budget), the project leaders and its beneficiary, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development of Albania.
This action, which extends and revitalizes nearly 30 years of technical cooperation with Albania, will propose the implementation of a demonstrator of climate-smart technological innovations on farms and in pastoral areas. With the support of the companies VOLTALIA, IMV, SERAP, BOCCARD and the organisations CAPGENES, OSON, AURIVA and FGE, nearly 500 days of expertise will be deployed between March 2022 and June 2024. The technologies introduced will include an agrivoltaic micro-pilot, solar cooling of milk (in tanks and cans), microméthanisation, filtration of effluents by reeds-planted filters, as well as intelligent fencing and management systems for the grazing areas.
The project also has a positive synergy with the project of inclusion of transhumance in the UNESCO World Heritage List, for which CORAM is responsible for steering France. It will also aim at creating “environment and climate-aware” producer groups and will initiate a regional and international Forum for Pastoralism.
A team of 8 key experts, 8 specialists in the proposed technologies accompanied by the professional managers of the species introduced since 1992, will carry out the missions.
The progress of the project will be reported in a logbook on the BCTI website: https://www.bcti.online/pages/itineraires-verts-pour-l-elevage-albanais-1.html