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Diversification for Tobacco Growing Farms by the alternative crop Stevia rebaudiana Bertoni

Diversification for Tobacco Growing Farms by the alternative crop Stevia rebaudiana Bertoni

Objective

The CAP reform for the tobacco sector (EG Nr. 864/2004 from April 29, 2004, effective on January 1, 2006) has the aim to phase out the subsidy payment for tobacco cultivation. This will have a great impact on the tobacco growers in terms of income and employment. The project addresses a specific scientific and technological problem, as well as societal. It is exploring the possibilities to replace partially the tobacco production by the production of Stevia rebaudiana. Therefore the DIVAS proposal has the strategic objective to solve a problem of livelihood for EU tobacco farmers integrated in the DIVAS project (SME Partner). The SME partners of the DIVAS proposal represent a total of 9,7% of the Tobacco farms in Greece, Italy, Portugal and Spain which cultivate together about 5% of the Tobacco cultivation area of the above mentioned countries. This shall be done by setting up a consortium of seven SMEs of the agricultural Tobacco sector and eight subcontracted RTD performers with complementary expertise responsible for the execution of the following work packages: WP2 Field trials: Evaluation of five Stevia rebaudiana varieties yield potential in selected Tobacco growing region in EU WP3 Specification: Chemical characterisation of Stevia leaves to develop an European Standard for the Stevia leaves for a Novel Food approach WP3 Consumer Acceptance: Sensory evaluation, antioxidative potential examination and consumer expectations. WP5 Market Research: An up-to-date market potential assessment for Stevia rebaudiana and related products shall be compiled WP6 Dissemination: To develop a trans-European co-operation of EU tobacco farmers within the Stevia business WP7 Training: Set-up a network for vocational training on the needs of the Tobacco farmers to match the impact of the Tobacco reform on the educational level The results will transfer producers growing unhealthy plants to a new stage – the protection of human health.
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Coordinator

UNIVERSITAET HOHENHEIM

Address

Schloss Hohenheim
70599 Stuttgart

Germany

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 23 000

Administrative Contact

Hans-Peter Liebig (Prof.)

Participants (17)

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AGRARIAN-INDUSTRIAL TOBACCO-PRODUCING COOPERATIVE OF TOUMBA PEONIA KILKIS

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 199 511,55

COUAGA VEGAS DE GRANADA SCA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 176 442,50

TABACCHICOLTORI VENETI

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 159 324,15

ASSOCIACAO DE PRODUTORES DE TABACO TIPO BURLEY

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 143 283,75

Tobacco Cooperative of Agrinio and Environs

Greece

UNION OF RURAL COOPERATIVE OF PERFECTURE OF XANTHI

Greece

UCONOR SOCIEDAD COOPERATIVA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 143 288,25

PANEPISTIMIO THESSALIAS

Greece

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET WIEN

Austria

JACOBS UNIVERSITY BREMEN GGMBH

Germany

ARISTOTELIO PANEPISTIMIO THESSALONIKIS

Greece

ASOCIACION PARA EL DESAROLLO DEL VALLE DEL ALAGON

Spain

DIMOKRITIO PANEPISTIMIO THRAKIS

Greece

UNIVERSIDADE DO ALGARVE

Portugal

AGRICULTURAL COOPERATIVES UNION OFAGRINION SYN. PE

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 164 037,75

AGRICULTURAL COOPERATIVES UNION OF AMFIKLEIA

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 147 049,50

AGRICULTURAL UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS

Greece

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 232250

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 October 2009

  • End date

    31 January 2012

Funded under:

FP7-SME

  • Overall budget:

    € 1 496 858,20

  • EU contribution

    € 1 155 937,45

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITAET HOHENHEIM

Germany