ArmInfo. ACBA-Credit Agricole Bank, in cooperation with the German NABU (Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union), held a training seminar for 250 farmers, laboratory managers, and organic farming business entities to provide new knowledge and skills in the field of organic agriculture.
According to the Bank's press service, the lectures were held as part of the joint program of the Bank and NABU " Organic Agriculture Development in Armenia " with the co-financing of the Austrian Development Agency.
The training participants were provided with information about the intricacies and prospects of processing, packaging and storage of organic products, the production of organic honey, tea and herbs. In particular, special attention on the part of specialists in the field was paid to the processing of organic products, their certification, storage, packaging, in particular, wild harvesting and herbal teas, the process of harvesting organic plant materials, the basic principles of collecting in an organic environment, harvesting staff, collection raw materials and determining the collection period, symptoms of poisoning, primary processing of raw materials, certification standards for organic honey, medicines, choice of premises, inventory, issues related to Displayed on the market for organic products, the diversification of organic honey, organic products sales and marketing.
Director of the NABU Armenian office Narek Grigoryan noted that with the joint support of the Bank and the NABU, organic producers also get the opportunity to acquire certificates of organic food producer and significantly increase their export prospects.
<Our goal is to stimulate the development of organic agriculture in Armenia, to assist industry producers. And through such training seminars, we provide our beneficiaries with new knowledge, thanks to which they can expand their skills in the production of organic products>, he said. The cooperation between ACBA-CREDIT AGRICOLE BANK and NABU was launched in 2015 within the framework of the "Organic Agriculture Development in Armenia" project. To recall, ACBA-Credit Agricole Bank CJSC has been operating in Armenia since 1995. The majority shareholders of the bank as of January 1, 2019 are: SACAM International SJSC (a member of the Credit Agricole S.A group) - 6.48%, ACBA Federation CJSC - 93.52%. Naturschutzbund Deutschland (NABU) is Germany's oldest and largest environmental NGO. NABU has been operating for over 100 years. This is the most massive public environmental organization in Germany - in its ranks there are more than 450 thousand members. NABU works in many countries around the world, implementing various projects aimed at protecting nature and developing specially protected natural areas. NABU is particularly interested in the Caucasus as a region rich in environmental resources.