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Soiree renovation breeders, Thursday, March 20, 2014

The Agricultural & Milk Cooperative of Kalavryta organized an event to inform farmers from Tritea region, in Stavrodromi village of the Municipality of Erymanthia, on Thursday, March 20, 2014, at 8:30 pm, at the City Hall.

At the beginning of the event, the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Cooperative, Mr. Pavlos Satolias, welcomed more than 70 farmers who attended the meeting and spoke briefly about the issues to be presented.

The Director of the Cooperative, Mr. Manos Kassalias, mentioned firstly the new Joint Ministerial Resolution 2014-2020, the guidelines of  the EU decisions and funding amounts per Member State, the  proposals of Pan-Hellenic Confederation of Unions of Agricultural Cooperatives about the Greek position being configured and convergence scenarios for the aid provided to the country's regions, particularly those involving transfer of resources from cultivated  to pasture areas, provided to significantly support the income of farmers.

Then, he informed breeders about the opportunity provided by the Statutes of Association of the Cooperative, non-member breeders to obtain voluntary portions, in the context of strengthening the cooperation with the Cooperative and gave all the necessary clarifications to the questions raised for both issues.

Then the ground was granted to the representatives of Piraeus Bank Group, Messrs. Androutsopoulos and Zacharis , who presented the new banking product Contractual Livestock - Agriculture, which enables direct financing for farmers (through tripartite cooperation Bank - processing organizations farmer - farmers) , to cover the needs of supporting the production with forages , agricultural supplies , fuel , seeds etc. They had also the chance to answer many questions of the farmers to make the new banking product more understandable.

Notice for the Acquisition of Optional Cooperative Shares 17.1.2014

NOTICE FOR THE ACQUISITION OF OPTIONAL SHARES
The Agricultural Dairy Cooperative of Kalavryta announces, to whom it may concern, that it will make available optional cooperative shares under Article 14 of its Articles of Association.

The holders of optional shares may be stock breeders - members of the Cooperative (holders of compulsory shares), non-member stock breeders who work with the Cooperative, non-member stock breeders, other professionals and private persons, as well as workers of the Cooperative.

The value of each optional share will amount to EUR 500 and may be paid one-off or in up to three (3) annual installments of EUR 170, EUR 170 and EUR 160, respectively.

Optional shares may be returned to holders at any moment in the future, upon their application, within a period of six months from application submission.

Any person interested in acquiring an optional share may contact the Cooperative’s personnel in Kalavryta in order to submit the relevant application.

HEAD OFFICE:
PHONE CENTER: 26920  23.013 , 22628 , 24124   FAX:  2692022614
E-mail: easkalav@ otenet.gr
MILK FACTORY
TEL:  26920 22464
1ST BRANCH: AG. GEORGIOS SKEPASTOU TEL: 26920 22237
2ND BRANCH: KLEITORIA, ACHAEA TEL: 26920 31631
3RD BRANCH: DAFNI , ACHAEA   TEL: 26920 71226
4TH BRANCH PSOFIDA ACHAEA   TEL: 26920 51252

Visit of the Minister Mr Athanasios Tsaftaris to the Kalavryta Cooperative. 

On Wednesday 6 November, the Minister visited the Agricultural Dairy Cooperative of Kalavryta, accompanied by the Secretary-General of the Ministry, Mr Moschos Korasidis, the Chairman of the Greek Agricultural Insurance Organization (ELGA), Mr Vasileios Exarchos and the Vice Chairman of the Payment and Control Agency for Guidance and Guarantee Community Aid (OPEKEPE), Mr Alexandros Orfidis.

    The purpose of the Minister’s visit was to attend the meeting of stock breeders at the offices of the Cooperative and inform them on the new CAP 2014-2020.

    The Minister was welcomed to the offices of the Cooperative by the BoD, headed by the Chairman Mr  Pavlos Satolias, the Deputy Head of Region of the Regional Unit of Achaea Mr Georgios Angelopoulos, the Mayor of Kalavryta Mr Georgios Lazouras and the head of the Agricultural Sector of PASOK, former MP for Achaea and former Mayor of Kalavryta Mr Athanasios Papadopoulos.

    In his speech, Mr Satolias welcomed the Minister’s initiative to visit Kalavryta and especially the offices of the Cooperative, in order to inform directly the stock breeders. He made reference to the transformation of the Union to a primary Cooperative under Law   4015/2011, as well as to the recent electoral procedures that led to the establishment of a new BoD and Supervisory Board. He described the Cooperative’s installations, where the exceptional Kalavryta Feta Cheese is produced along with other products like goat cheese, AFIRI (semi-hard cheese), yogurt, dry mizithra, anthotyros and butter, and he talked about the infrastructures included in these installations, namely the sewage treatment plant, private refrigerator rooms, the use of the whey processing plant of ‘Achaea Proteins’, the use of liquefied petroleum gas, the 100 KwA PV system installed on the roof of the dairy, the feed mill, etc.

Mr Satolias placed particular emphasis on the Cooperative’s efforts to make outward investments with the aim of initiating exports to the USA, which are expected to start in February-March 2014.

        He then referred to the serious issues affecting the industry. He referred to the need for a continuous financing of healthy cooperatives, market control against unfair competition and the support of investment programs, focusing on the Cooperative’s investment program amounting to EUR 3,750,000, in the context of the “Al. Mpaltatzis” program, which is currently under final approval, tax exemptions to cooperatives and the support of new farmers.

    Mr Satolias also raised the very serious problem of the taxation of pastures and the excessive red tape problems. 
   
For his part, Mr Tsaftaris, after congratulating the Cooperative on its activities, on the quality of its products and on the genuine combination of plant and animal production, mentioned the different types of stock breeding, e.g. sheep farming, cattle farming, hen farming, pig farming etc., and the actions under the National Plan for the sector’s reinforcement, which is a key priority for the Ministry. He analyzed the opportunities of the new CAP for the livestock sector, the EU regulatory framework with the four pillars of implementing regulations, namely the strengthening, development, common organization of the market and the insurance of the farmers’ income.

    The Minister mentioned that EUR 19.7 billion  will be made available in the period 2014-2020, to which another EUR 3 billion may be added, as the recording of data for credit allocation was conducted before Greece was hit by the financial crisis. He stressed that the Ministry has already achieved an amendment to the definition of ‘pasture’ and, therefore, the amount of aid to Greece is expected to double. He argued that thanks to the efforts of the Greek Government during the negotiations between the EU and Canada the protected designation of feta cheese was ensured, leading to its characterization as “Flagship product”.

    Finally, the Minister stressed that joining forces to create healthy cooperative structures is the only solution for the primary sector and that the Ministry will support this type of actions instead of closed organizations. He ensured participants that he will guarantee the equal treatment of stock breeding as a primary production activity.

    After the meeting, the Minister and his escort visited the Cooperative’s dairy, where they were shown the production installations of Kalavryta Feta Cheese and especially the packaging plant where the quantities of feta cheese intended for the EU and OPEKEPE program for direct distribution to vulnerable population groups, such as large families and unemployed persons, are being prepared. He then visited the private refrigeration rooms where the Cooperative’s Feta Cheese is left to age for approximately three (3) months and, once again, he made reference to the exemplary operation of the Cooperative


Free Food Distribution Program for 2013

The EU program for free food distribution to the poor, large families and other vulnerable population groups is applied since 1987.

Greece participates in this program since the late 90s, with the Ministry of Rural Development and Food acting as competent authority. Some of the foodstuffs distributed are: rice, pasta, olive oil and dairy products.

In 2013, the program is expected to have more than 800,000 beneficiaries, whereas approximately 1,000 bodies-social partners of the Ministry will participate in its implementation, e.g. Churches, Municipalities, Associations of Large Families, Charities, etc.

To facilitate and improve the transparency of the tender procedure, the Ministry divided Greece into three Geographic Zones for each product distributed free of charge. Thus, more interested persons could participate, including SMEs.

In this context, the Kalavryta Cooperative participated in the Feta contest for Zone 3, including the regions of Peloponnese, Attica, North - South Aegean and Crete, with a budget of approximately EUR 1,060,000.
 
The Kalavryta Cooperative was the successful tenderer for feta cheese in Zone 3 and has already started the implementation of the program, which will be completed in late February 2014.