The concept proposed in this project aims to contribute to rural economic development in Cross Border Region (in the further text CBC-Region) by promotion of the use of agricultural waste for production of biomass fuel.
CBC-Region is composed of the regions Southwest, Pelagonia, Vardar and Southeast on the north side of the border, and regions Florina, Pela, Kilkis, Serres and Thessaloniki on south side of the border.
To date, there have been several attempts for promotion of such waste in biomass production, but without any significant and wide-reaching effect. The results from those projects have either remained exclusive, available only to a small circle of project participants, or were effective only for a limited number of highly-motivated agricultural entrepreneurs. Unfortunately, those results have remained out of reach for the wider community of farmers, mainly due to the following reasons:
– the prepared studies are either overly technical or academic, not easily understandable for an average farmer,
– the results from those studies are too general, and do not provide tangible response to the specific questions about the advantages that each individual farm can benefit from,
– suitable campaigns, promoting the use of agricultural waste in the process of biomass fuel production and targeting the farmers have, not been realized,
-there is a lack of any feedback on the effects from the installed facilities.
Due to all the above-stated, this project aims to introduce an innovative approach for promotion of use of the agricultural waste in the process of biomass fuel production.
The core of the innovative measures consists of the following:
– A series of pilot installations will be set up, which would practically demonstrate the benefits from use of the waste, and there will also be a series of study visits to the farms where these installations will be located, so that the other farmers, the supporting institutions in the agriculture sector, as well as the banks and the credit lenders organization could become familiar with the benefits from use of the agricultural waste.
– Measuring instruments will be installed on the pilot installations, which would enable anyone interested to read remotely via the web about the financial and environmental effects from the use of agricultural waste for biomass fuel production (how much is being produced, what are the savings/earnings from it).
– On the basis of the prepared studies, a web-based software will be developed, which would enable each interested farmer to get an estimate about the amount of savings that their farm could achieve due to use of its waste for biomass fuel production, or about the amount they could earn by selling the produced biomass fuel. It would also help them determine the level and type of investment needed for use of the waste and production of biomass fuel, the length of the period of return on investment, etc.