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Dozens of courses for farmers

In 2016, almost 70 training events for cow farmers were held in the region of Central Finland. The events, consisting of small group activities, training sessions, seminars and study trips, have gathered more than 200 participants. Thirteen small groups are still functional throughout the region.

“Among the topics, the most appealing seem to be biogas and the energy efficiency of a farm, sparring groups among entrepreneurs, and cooperation between crop farmers and cattle farms,” says Susanna Lahnamäki, Project Manager for the Institute of Bioeconomy at JAMK. 

The MEKA project (Successful Central Finnish cow farm) has lofty goals:

“We are continuing to develop cow farming and related crop farming in Central Finland by means of training, peer learning and networking. The aim is to get more and more farmers involved. The training enables the entrepreneurs to increase their competence for managing the challenging economic situation, and primary production in Central Finland is also developed through small improvements and larger investments.

The intention is to bring the operations closer to the cattle farms and employ a variety of methods, while ensuring that the entrepreneurs can cope with the work load. 

The MEKA project is being implemented by the Institute of Bioeconomy at JAMK together with ProAgria Central Finland. The project is funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development. The project will continue until the end of October 2018.

The Institute of Bioeconomy’s project activities were busy during the past year. The large on-going projects related to bioeconomy included the following: Biokaasuliiketoimintaa ja -verkostoja Keski-Suomeen (Biogas business and networks to Central Finland), Tehokkuutta ja laatua biomassoihin perustuvaan liiketoimintaan (Efficiency and quality to biomass-based business) and Sykettä Keski-Suomen metsiin (Revitalising the forest of Central Finland). The projects aim to improve the competitiveness of domestic wood fuel, promote the creation of biogas distribution stations in rural areas, improve forestry in an ecological way, and draw new experts to the forestry field.