A delegation from ACSA, led by its executive director Constantin Ojog, visited Poland through 17-22 June, 2010 and participated at the Central and Easteran European Rural Advisory Services Forum held in Gdansk. The main purpose of the forum was to debate various challenges the rural advisory services are facing today, share experience and arguing the role of the rural advisory services in developing rural areas of the participating countries. The event hosted rural advisory representatives from Poland, Ukraine, Georgia and Republic of Moldova.
The forum was preceded by visits to different organizations and associations involved in the process of rural development as well as visits to small and medium enterprises that operate in rural area. During the forum, the participants had the opportunity to meet with the secretary of the state of the Polish Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Mr. Kazimierz Florian Plocke, Senat speaker Mr. Bogdan Michał Borusewicz and the Governor of Pomorskie Voivodship.
This forum is a part of the activities realized under the Project “Use of main resources in agriculture to meet quality standards in production of agricultural products” which aims to familiarize ACSA advisors with high value chain reforms made before and after accession to European Union. This project is being realized by the Agricultural Advisory Centre from Staro Pole, Gdansk thanks to the generous financial support of the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs (PolishAid).