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CAMAR progress report

The Commission of the European Communities, Directorate-General for Agriculture, has published a synopsis of 80 research and technological development projects undertaken in the context of the Community RTD programme in the field of "Competitiveness of Agriculture and Manageme...
The Commission of the European Communities, Directorate-General for Agriculture, has published a synopsis of 80 research and technological development projects undertaken in the context of the Community RTD programme in the field of "Competitiveness of Agriculture and Management of Agricultural Resources" (CAMAR), 1989-1993, one of the specific programmes under the Second Framework Programme.

CAMAR has a duration of five years with a total Community financial appropriation of ECU 55 million. The programme is structured around five specific research objectives of prime relevance to the Common Agricultural Policy and to the rural society:

- To help farmers adapt to the new situation created by overproduction and a restrictive policy on prices and markets;
- To maintain incomes from holdings and to encourage structural reform while controlling output and reducing production costs;
- To care for and improve the agricultural situation, in line with the market in all regions which have weak agricultural structures and which have been slow to develop, thus promoting greater economic and social cohesion in the Community;
- To conserve natural resources and the countryside, ensuring that an improved environment will result from the application of the technologies developed and from changes in production systems;
- To develop agricultural information services and infrastructures to improve the dissemination of research results within and between Member States.

The five programme objectives outlined above are pursued via research projects carried out in four sectors:

- Research into conversion, diversification, including widening of production, reduction of costs, and protection of the rural environment;
- Research on product quality, new use of traditional products, and aspects of plant and animal health;
- Investigation of socioeconomic aspects and specific actions for all regions in the Community which are lagging in development;
- Research in methods and services to disseminate agricultural RTD information, particularly information stemming from this programme.

It is considered that this 116-page synopsis of CAMAR projects, produced as part of the mid-term review completed in early 1993, will be of wide interest. Each project is identified by a contract number and title. Details include the starting date, duration of the project, plus the name and full address of the scientific coordinator together with the identities of each of the participants (coordinators are listed in Appendix 1 while participants are identified by acronyms and a guide to these provided in Appendix 2). Project descriptions provide a brief background to the problem under investigation, state the objective of the work and outline the approaches adopted to effect solutions. A progress report is also given in each case.

Source: Commission, CAMAR programme

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