Agriculture a Way Out of Crisis

8B0E856A09FDBD449473B3819737B6C8Agriculture can rescue Greece from the crisis, if organized on a solid basis via cooperation and specialization. All around Greece organized seminars are offered by individuals or research centers on aromatic plants and new crops.

Dr. Nikos Samarides, botanist-agronomist at AUTH, who participated in and coordinated the conference, Cultivation, standardization and utilization of functional primary products, underlined: “The creation of groups or cooperatives of cultivators, the specialists’ expertise and the division of labor by specialists are the basic conditions that will allow cultivators to organize their crops, production, treatment and processing, as well as the distribution of products. A farmer cannot meet this challenge by himself.”

Across the country many retraining workshops, seminars, conferences are organized. However, Samarides stresses the need for the participation cost to be more affordable. Regarding the utility of such projects he says: “it is of great importance the recording of the local scientific staff, agronomists from the same region to guide young farmers  with special expertise”.

The above constituted the subject of the second conference, New crops – prospects and possibilities, in the beginning of March in Elliniko, Athens. People from all over Greece came to attend the conference. Not only cultivators, but also scientists, engineers, biologists, electricians etc., all those who can offer their knowledge and expertise to the development of agriculture were there.



  1. Agriculture is the way out? Seriously? Where they on drugs when they suggested that? Has the author ever flown over North America and seen individual farms bigger then Greek provinces? The family of a friend of mine has a 7000 acre (28 square kilometers) farm and that is considered small.

    Some specialty foods and more efficient, sure, but the way out? A rescue? Only if they planted poppies or marijuana. LOL!

  2. Not when they’re importing oregano, from Albania and tomatoes from who knows where, meanwhile both are of superb quality in Greece. They’re already tapped into the specialty food markets in Greece with olive oil, olives and feta, maybe they can grow saffron and pick truffles too?!?!???? Agriculture won’t do a damn thing, it’ll actually make things worse. Only thing I see are local grown specialty products marketed to tourists through restaurant foods where the markup is justified, like cheeses and appetizers or other local type dishes all produced locally and sold in restaurants frequented by tourists who demand this and prices would justify, small scale, local and specialized.