HOW TO CREATE AN EFFICIENT ORGANIC PRODUCTION AND MARKET FOR UNDERUTILIZED FIELD CROPS: A REVIEW ON THE SLOVENIAN CASE
The introduction of products of underutilized field crops into world-wide developed market is very complex system with many barriers. Based on Slovenian experiences of establishing certification of organic agriculture, research in underutilized field crops and all activities in the projects, we can conclude that many additional activities should be done for the establishment of an effective production system and market for underutilized field crops. Previously, highly efficient organic production needed to follow professional knowledge for production, guidelines for organic production and post harvest technology including processing. Special attention needs to be given to every production system of introduced species in the region. For example, our research project of four oil crops grown under dry conditions, including greenhouse experiments, aims to contribute to the knowledge on how to include less sensitive crops into rotation systems as a response to climate change. Activities such as expansion of knowledge on organic products, and especially on nutritional and health value of crop products, are very important. Organizing projects that delve on reasons and procedures on how to use this kind of food in the kindergardens, schools, old peoples homes and hospitals shows promising results, especially when culinary presentations include explanation on their benefits to human health. Meanwhile, research is obligatory, particularly on how to prepare tasty and nutritious bread made from grain amaranth (Amaranthus cruentus L.) and whole meal spelt (Triticum spelta L.). However, computer-produced results can not be put into practical use because of lack of data.
Bavec, F., Grobelnik Mlakar, S., Rozman, C., Turinek, M. and Bavec, M. (2009). HOW TO CREATE AN EFFICIENT ORGANIC PRODUCTION AND MARKET FOR UNDERUTILIZED FIELD CROPS: A REVIEW ON THE SLOVENIAN CASE . Acta Hortic. 806, 443-450
marketing, underutilized crops, alternative crops, organic farming