PROJECT NEWSLETTER #1

ABOUT THE PROJECT

Integrated Management of Pesticides and Liable Exposure with Machinery Executing Needed Treatments”  project shortly named IMPLEMENT project is supported by European Union under Erasmus+ Vocational Education Key Action 2 within the scope of Strategic Partnership Projects for Innovation Development.  The project is started on December 2016 and will last 24 months.

Project is being carried out under the partnership of three different country consortiums with a total of six institutions and organizations. These institutions and organizations are listed below; 

Project Coordinator
Ondokuz Mayıs University – Turkey
Partners 
Agricoltura è Vita – Associazione - Italy
Çukurova University - Turkey 
Ankara University -Turkey 
Asociacion Agraria Jovenes Agricultores Asaja Granada – Spain
Ente Nazionale per la Meccanizzazione Agricola  - Italy

Project no: 2016-1-TR01-KA202-034059

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THE AIM OF THE PROJECT

Pesticide applications must be done with extreme care due to the negative effects on environment and human health. This is also a requirement for safe and sustainable agriculture. In this context, it can be said that proper and correct use of the machines used in pesticide applications, and proper adjustment and maintenance of the machines, have the preventive effects of pesticides. It should not be forgotten that this is a mandatory application in terms of operator health and safety as well as protection of the environment.  In this project, it is aimed to develop innovative applications that take into account the environmental and food safety of the application, as well as providing occupational health and safety in plant protection pesticide applications.

With the IMPLEMENT project is to develop an interactive training platform for all users and manufacturers, especially farmers, agricultural engineers, agricultural consultants and trainers, including safe machine use, correct application, calibration, adjustment and maintenance and work safety. Within the scope of the project, pilot trainings will be organized with the produced materials to create volunteers for occupational health and safety in the use of plant protection machines.

PROJECT TARGET

The IMPLEMENT project aims at transferring to the targeted group such as farmers, students, technical operators, functional control operators and editors agricultural machinery manuals, competences in the field of safe use and maintenance of sprayers. The vision of the project is not limited to technical advice, but it is centered on importance of correct and sustainable competences and behaviors for human, environmental and food safety. In this context, the project based on sprayer machinery can be considered a fundamental step to the wider field of agricultural machinery safety. 

Project activities and outputs will be published regularly through project publication and visibility team to inform all stakeholders related to safety in plant protection machines. With IMPLEMENT projects, it is also expected that social awareness will be raised about the health and safety problems that are caused by the inadequate use of plant protection machines and products in the agricultural sector and which are dangerous enough to be fatal to the effects.

PARTNERS

Ondokuz Mayıs University (OMU): Ondokuz Mayis University (OMU) is a state university founded in 1975. Our university consists of 15  Faculties, 1 Conservatoire, 3 Schools, 11 Vocational Schools and 5 Graduate School. With over 40000 students and 2000 academic staff. OMU is one of the leading universities in Turkey with approximately 1200 students from 62 countries. The Faculty of Agriculture is one of the first education-teaching faculties of Ondokuz Mayis University. There are 9 departments within the Faculty of Agriculture along with the Department of Agricultural Machinery and Technology Engineering.

Agricoltura è Vita Associazione  (AèV): Agricoltura è Vita Associazione, promoted by the Italia Confederation of Farmers (CIA), is a Vocational Training Centre. The association, with its headquarters in Rome, is present all over the Italian national territory by means of associate structures and operates in the field of the training, popularization and research in the agricultural world.  Main statutory scopes of the association are: to promote and stimulate the social-cultural and civic development and training, at any level, of all the citizens, and more specifically farmers, in many economic and social sectors (agriculture, food industry, administrative and advanced services).

Çukurova University (CU): Çukurova University (CU) is founded in in 1973. CU established on a 20 thousand hectares land on the east coast of the Seyhan Dam Reservoir Lake located in Balcalı Campus area at a distance of 10 km to the city center. Starting off with two faculties, today the university consists of 16 Faculties, 5 Academies, 13 Vocational Academies, 1 State Conservatory, 3 Institutes and 25 Research and Application Centers. A total of 1900 Academic Personnel are employed at the CU for the education and training of a total of 44000 students, consisting of 38000 undergraduate and associate degree students and more than 4100 graduate and PhD students. The Faculty of Agriculture is one of the oldest faculties of CU. There are 11 departments within the Faculty of Agriculture along with the Department of Agricultural Machinery and Technology Engineering.

Ankara University (AU): As the oldest university of the Turkish Republic, Ankara University (AU) is founded in 1946.  Ankara University provides education through its 17 faculties, 1 vocational schools, 10 colleges, 1 conservatory and 13 graduate schools. Totally  1842 academic member employed at the University. The total number of auxiliary academic staff is 1639, which consists of 139 instructors, 166 specialists, 259 lecturers and 1075 research assistants. Ankara University also employs 5527 administrative staff. The Faculty of Agriculture is one of the oldest faculties of Ankara and amongst Turkish University as well. There are 12 departments within the Faculty of Agriculture along with the Department of Agricultural Machinery and Technology Engineering.
Faculty of Agriculture of Ondokuz Mayis University, Cukurova University and Ankara University  have got Agricultural Engineering and Technology Engineers Departments, the undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs. In these departments,  research and development works are carried out on design, manufacturing, alternative energy sources and business operation subjects that are generally related to agricultural machinery and technology. The works carried out in the departments can be listed as follows:
- Research and development studies on design, manufacturing, process management, technology and techniques for the agricultural machinery industry,
- Performance of experimental models and prototypes,
- laboratory and application tests of agricultural machines and systems and given test reports,
-Standard preparation activities,
- the conformity report for machines,
-Education and publishing activities

ASAJA-Granada: ASAJA was founded on 14 July 1989 as the outcome of a merger between CNAQ, CNJA and UFADE, thus creating the largest professional agricultural organization in Spain, ASAJA has over 250.000 members who actually work on farms, owners atad tenants alike, including members of  the family involved in farming activities.  ASAJA was set up to represent, manage, defend and promote the interests of the farming profession in general and also those of theirs member organizations that are legal entities and respect democratic principles. Its objective is to defend family farms and agricultural enterprises no matter what type of private initiative the come under, and to develop them as an economically viable activity. At the same time it strives to improve access conditions for young farmers coming into the profession, improve their skills and level of vocational training, and in general hone the competitiveness of Spain’s agricultural sector both at national and international level.
ASAJA has one national registered office, 15 regional centers, 40 provincial offices, 810 local offices and one permanent representation office in Brussels. As an organization with a general purpose, ASAJA is active throughout the whole of the country and covers all branches of agricultural activities, including agricultural techniques, livestock breeding, forestry activities, managing the environment and even the new complementary activities in rural areas, such as agritourist. ASAJA therefore collaborates closely with a range of sector-based organizations.

ENAMA: ENAMA is recognized in accordance with the provisions of Italian Presidential Decree 361/2000 as a body established to offer the agro mechanical industry in Italy effective support in order to improve competitiveness, enhance technology and raise awareness of the performance and safety features of the machinery amongst those operating in the industry. To guarantee impartiality and implement a policy of agreement through consultation in the farming industry, the following bodies all form part of ENAMA: the Italian Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, the Italian Regional Authorities, Assocap, Cia, Coldiretti, Confagricoltura, Unacma, Unacoma and Unima. The operational structure is constituted by CRA-ING, the Council for Research and Development in Agriculture and the Institute for Experimental Research into Agricultural Mechanization. ENAMA's personnel has the necessary expertise to tackle all of the various problems faced by the industry day in, day out, such as the complex regulations on performance, safety, environmental protection (UNI, EN, ISO, OCSE, etc.) and road traffic regulations for agricultural machinery, certification, new technologies and alternative fuels. Specialized centers within the operational facilities offer the opportunity to conduct internationally recognized tests and checks of all types on everything from tractors to farm implements and components, and can even provide details of other important facilities overseas that are associated with ENTAM.

KICK-OFF MEETING 
21th -  22 nd  February, Samsun

The official opening ceremony of the project was held on February 21, 2017 with the participation of representatives from the university, representatives of the university, lecturers, representatives of relevant public institutions and organizations, representatives of non-governmental organizations, private sector and producers in the Prof. Dr. Fahrettin Tosun hall of the Agricultural Faculty of Ondokuz Mayis University. 215 people attended the official opening meeting. The opening meeting was completed with protocol speeches, introduction of the project and presentation of the thank you documents to the project teams.

The opening meeting of the project was closely followed by national and local press and was publicly announced through written and internet press.
The first transnational meeting of the project was held by the project team within the framework of a two-day work program on 21-22 February 2017.
2 nd TRANSNATIONAL MEETING IN ITALY
The next meeting of the consortium will be held on the 19th and 20th of June 2017  in Rome, Italy hosted by AèV
This project has been funded with support from the European Commission Erasmus+. This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use, which may be made of the information contained therein.
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