The Rural Development is a special set of measures for the agriculture and food industry co-financed by the European Union through the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) and the State budget. The current program is approved by the European Commission for the period 2014-2020, and the total financial allocation amounts to 2,383 billion EUR.
In addition to the existing forms of grant funding, financial instruments (FI) are a new form of funding from the Rural Development Program 2014. - 2020. for financially sustainable projects, through loans/credits and guarantees. The purpose of the financial instruments is to primarly stimulate and support the growth and development of the agricultural, processing and forestry sectors, while contributing to the EAFRD with more favorable financing conditions (lower interest rates, lower fees, longer repayment periods and a longer grace period).
The Nutri2Cycle project will provide important advances for the sustainable and efficient management of natural resources. The present project analyzes the current flows of nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P) and carbon (C) and the existing technologies for their management on different farms across Europe, as well as exploring the environmental problems associated with these technologies.
The Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) was created as a response to the growing number of challenges in agricultural production and strengthen the competitiveness and sustainability of agricultural production through the provision of direct payments, stabilization of income of agricultural holdings and financing through Rural Development Programs.
According to Statute (EU) 2018/848 organic production is a comprehensive farm management and food production system that brings together best environmental and climate practices, high levels of biodiversity, conservation of natural resources, and the application of high animal welfare and high production standards that are in line with increasing demand consumers for products manufactured using natural substances and processes.
According to Article 3 of the Energy Act (NN 68/2001), biomass is defined as a biodegradable part of a product, which can be reprocessed in a way that is not too harmful to nature and the environment. Biomass is actually a material derived from living organisms and residues and agricultural / forestry waste.
An interview with IPS Konzalting director Ana - Marija Špicnagel Ćurko has been published on the web portal poduzetnica.hr. The interview is about the beginnings of the company itself, its development and cooperation, but also about the withdrawal of EU funds in the agricultural sector.
Investment for young farmers
As part of the tender for the type of operation 6.1.1. "Supporting Young Farmers" PRR 2014 - 2020. IPS Konzalting participated in the preparation of the business plan and project documentation for OPG Karlo Šajković. The OPG project aims to modernize the process of operation and business through procurement of agricultural equipment and production capacity mechanization through the increase of standard economic result. The modernization of the agricultural economy and the improvement of the labor process will be achieved through faster and more energy-efficient transport of input/output raw materials, worker safety, improved agricultural equipment efficiency by optimizing energy resources and reducing operating costs.
Biogas is a gas mixture of methane, carbon dioxide, nitrogen, hydrogen, and hydrogen sulfide. The most important and mostly present is methane (CH4), which also provides the energy value of biogas. The composition of the biogas is largely determined by the composition of the substrate during the fermentation reaction, operational parameters and various technical prerequisites of the plant itself.
Preparation of water treatment study
In June 2017, Vinka, IPS Konzalting, and Pantarein Water signed business cooperation on the development of the study of wastewater treatment.
Following the signing of the contract, a series of measurement campaigns and a detailed analysis of all input parameters were carried out to offer a long - term optimal technological and operational solution.
Investment in the livestock sector
As part of the tender for the type of operation 4.1.2. "Disposal, Handling and Use of Manure to Reduce the Impacts of the Environment" PRR 2014 - 2020, IPS Konzalting has participated in the preparation of the business plan and project documentation and the implementation of the project for Marija Mesić Tuškanec.
The project aims to build a storage facility and purchase of agricultural equipment for manure manipulation.
INEMAD is a scientific - research project which ran from 2012 to 2016 and is funded by the FP7 (Framework Program 7) program. The focus of the project is to link crop and livestock production by introducing among steps - biogas production. Implementing of a biogas plant achieves the recycling of nutrients and energy and generates profits generated through the production, use, and sale of biogas and digestate.
Today, the global industry is increasingly turning to renewable energy, and one such source is biomass. Biomass encompasses a wide range of raw materials for energy production, and one of the more significant crops for biomass production is Miscanthus giganteus. Due to its simple cultivation, high annual yield and low requirements and high energy properties, Miscanthus represents an energy culture of great potential.
In cooperation with the Croatian Employment Service and the Algebra College, IPS Konzalting participates in the training program "Head of development and implementation of EU projects" financed by EU funds in the Sisak-Moslavina County. The program is aimed at the unemployed, and the participants learn how to prepare, write and implement a project that can be financed from European Union funds.
Renewable energy sources (wind, solar energy, hydropower, ocean energy, geothermal energy, biomass, and biofuels) are a good substitute for fossil fuels and contribute to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, diversifying energy supply and reducing dependence on unstable markets for fossil fuels (oil, gas ).
Preparation of water treatment study
In late 2017 IPS signed a business offer with Maraska d.d. in Zadar in cooperation with Pantarein Water on the study of wastewater treatment. Following the signing of the contract, a series of measurement campaigns and a detailed analysis of all input parameters were carried out to offer a long - term optimal technological and operational solution.
Anaerobic digestion (AD) is a complex technological process for converting biodegradable material to biogas during which digestate is produced. Digestate is a byproduct containing macro (N, P, K) and micro (Mg, S, Ca, B, Cu, Co, Mn, Zn) nutrients. Depending on the raw material input of anaerobic digestion, digestate can be a highly valuable organic fertilizer.
Hydroponic cultivation is a technique of growing plants without a substrate or with an inert substrate to which all the necessary nutrients have been added (link). The fundamental goal of hydroponic technology is to provide each plant species with a certain amount of nutrients at a certain stage of growth and optimum microclimate conditions to achieve maximum yields.
There is a growing awareness of the need for a circular agri-food sector with efficient resource use that at the same time produces adequate amounts of food. Given that the primary resources are limited and often scarce, and that the current agri-food sector has a huge impact on the environment, consideration should be given to the concept of circular, resource-efficient management that aims to reduce the use of primary resources and greenhouse gas emissions to the environment.
The use of manufactured fertilizers as a regular farming practice began in most EU countries in the mid to late nineteenth century but the greatest increase in consumption was after World War II. Given that, the production of mineral fertilizers from rock deposits (P) and based on fossil energy (N), the EIP-Agri emphasizes that current dependency of EU agriculture on fossil-based mineral fertilizers must be regarded as a very serious threat to future food security.
The use of biomethane in the transport sector has great potential and potentially significant socio-economic benefits. The number of private vehicles, public, and trucks that use fuel gas is significantly increasing. Biomethane can be used in vehicles in the same way as natural gas.