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European extension network for the development of grain legume production in the European Union

The aim of this project is to contribute to the development of European grain legume production, as a major source of protein-rich material for animal feed. The general approach is to support the coordination of extension networks already financed at a national or regional level, to enable the pooling of data to facilitate common harmonised standards, procedures and methodologies. The partners will exchange existing data on grain legume varieties, plant protection techniques, market and quality standards, and prices and costs. For this purpose, standardised methods will be adopted. Special emphasis will be put on the dissemination of methods, information and results, and towards farmers and end users.

The objectives are structured in five work packages are:
Work Package 1: Expert network and databases
1) to set up a European extension network of experts currently working on grain legume production
2) to set up harmonised databases on grain legume varieties and protection tools available in the European Union
3) to identify the bottlenecks responsible for the low valorisation of grain legumes in European agriculture
Work Package 2: Field trials and demonstrations
4) to coordinate tests (already financed at national level on the different grain legume crops in the different regions) via a harmonised protocol and standardised reference materials, and to gather all the data
5) to demonstrate the feasibility and the interest of those crops to farmers
Work Package 3: Economic analysis
6) to centralise data handling, collecting data concerning yields, productions costs, prices, quality standards and markets of existing grain legumes in different regions
7) to evaluate the possible level of production and use of grain legume crops in those regions
8) to use that data, and to model the possible changes and economic impact of grain legumes in European agriculture
Work Package 4: Environmental analysis
9) to pool data and seek a common interpretation of the environmental impacts and benefits of grain legumes in crop production and in its use for animal products
Work Package 5: Dissemination
10) to disseminate the information and results of the other work packages to farmers, advisers and farm providers
11) to establish links between the group of experts on this project with other experts, at a research or developmental level and with public representatives
12) to stimulate the development of local chains of production and the use of grain legumes.

Progress to Date
The project is progressing well.
The expert network and databases are in place.
The field trials and demonstrations have begun and the first trial results will be analysed before the end of 2003.
The economic and environmental analyses have been defined.
Dissemination has begun and a website has been established.


Scientist responsible for the project

12, avenue George V
75008 Paris
France - FR

Phone: +33 1 40 69 49 00
Fax: +33 1 47 23 58 72


Project ID QLRT-2001-02418
Organisation Union Nationale Interprofessionnelle des Plantes riches en Protéines
Area 5.1.1
Start date 01 March 2003
Duration (months) 36
Total cost 811 350 €
Total EC contribution   780 000 €
Status Ongoing
Web address of the project

The partners

  • proPlant (Society of Agricultural and Environmental Computer Science Ltd), Germany - DE
  • ITGA (Instituto Técnico y de Gestión Agrícola S.A), Spain - ES
  • APPO (Association pour la Promotion des Protéagineux et des Oléagineux), Belgium - BE
  • FH-SWF (Fachhochschule Südwestfalen Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft), Germany - DE
  • DAAS (Danish Agricultural Service), National Centre, Denmark - DK
  • ITA (Instituto Tecnológico Agrario de la Junta de Castilla y León), Spain - ES

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