On behalf of the European Day of Agrobiodiversity and the Day of the Municipality of Dimitrovgrad, the Nature Society “Natura Balkanika” and Regional Rural Development Standing Working Group (SWG) in SEE organized the Seventh Regional Fair of Balkan Agrobiodiversity and rural heritage.
More than 1000 people from Serbia and SEE countries gathered at the manifestation which main objective is to promote Balkan rural heritage – traditional handicrafts, food, dances and music, as well as the Balkan autochthon animal breeds through the aspect of their economic, scientific and ecological importance for sustainable agriculture and rural development.
The Fair gave particular publicity to local and regional farmers who are directly engaged in conservation of the endangered genetic resources and natural biodiversity and preservation of traditional knowledge through diverse agriculture, handcrafts and tourism related activities.
The event served as a rare opportunity where farmers, producers – safeguards of rural heritage felt respect and gratitude for their efforts and become aware of their mission, as much to exchange experiences and encourage each other and newcomers to work and benefit from integrated approach to rural development and empower sustainable use and management of rural tradition and available natural and human resources of the Balkan rural space.
The manifestation, with more than 50 exhibitors, gathered also representatives of agricultural, scientific, educational and research institutes and rural development organizations, folk musicians and dancing groups from the SEE region.
In addition, more than 20 Balkan indigenous breeds of domestic animals were showed at the fair.
The sales exhibition of wool handicrafts was this year’s Fair specific “spice”. It was specially organized by the SWG, as part of the on-going activities within the GTZ ORF Project entitled:” “Improving the competitiveness of companies and organizations from Southeastern Europe in the agricultural and food sector through implementation of food quality standards and increased regional networking” and gave opportunity to the members of associations of rural women producing wool handicrafts from Macedonia and Serbia to discuss possibilities of regional business networking for joint approach to the foreign markets.