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Energy Crops and Rural Development


Detailed description of the Good Practice

Energy crops provide a double opportunity for sustainable development in rural communities. They help reduce carbon emissions and dependence on fossil fuel imports. They also provide a new source of income for farmers in areas where traditional agriculture is in decline. However, farmers do not always have access to the knowledge or support needed to cultivate and sell novel crops. In North East Poland, the Podlaska Agency helped overcome this barrier by organising information days and step-by-step seminars. These taught 125 local growers how to finance, produce and supply crops in the ‘green energy’ market. Local energy entrepreneurs were also targeted. As a direct result of this education programme, 200 hectares of new energy crops were planted and an increased market was created for them.

Renewable energies, rural development

Objectives of the Good Practice

to demonstrate to farmers the economic potential of cultivating
crops such as willow and Helianthus for the expanding green energy market.

Participants of the Good Practice

  • the Podlaska Agency for Energy – project coordinator
  • growers who were actively involved in producing and selling energy crops.
  • professionals from organisations active in the production and use of energy crops
  • Representatives of energy companies

Target group of the Good Practice

Farmers in the Podlaskie Voivodship who were interested in diversifying
their activities.

More Details of the Good Practice

Documentation and documents

Available files

Contact details

Podlaska Agency for Energy
Starobojarska 15
15-073 Bialystok
Tel: +48 85 740 86 83
Fax: +48 85 740 86 85

Data sources and references


(Visited on the 10th of November 2008)