General meeting of Polish Agroforestry Association took place on 14th March 2017 at IUNG-PIB in Puławy. The meeting was attended by 18 people. During the meeting participants discussed agroforestry activities performed within the framework of the Association. Prof. Ewa Rembiałkowska representing Warsaw University of Life Sciences and Organic Agriculture Forum explained regulations and current determinants of Polish organic farming and clarified composting rules at farm level while Dr. Robert Borek from IUNG-PIB presented Polish agroforestry farms producing food- and non-food products, using the results of SustainFARM project being carried out at IUNG-PIB.
On 15th Dec 2016 an OSA kick-off seminar was held in the Congress Room of Institute of Soil Science and Plant Cultivation – State Research Institute (IUNG-PIB) in Puławy. The co-organiser of the meeting was Polish Agroforestry Association and Polish Agronomy Association’s Branch in Puławy. The seminar was devoted to issues related to silvopastoral system.
Dr Robert Borek gave a lecture on “Animal production as an element of a sustainable intensification of agriculture in Poland on soils of low agricultural suitability”. The invited guests: Mr Zygmunt Sowul – farmer from Podlaskie voivodship and Mr Sławomir Jurak – Director of the Kępa-Puławy Experimental Farm of IUNG-PIB presented practical aspects of beef cattle breeding on wooded areas. During the discussion it was constantly underlined that sheep and beef cattle farmers in Poland receive insufficient support, in spite of existing programmes for rebuilding these sectors. It was stated that extensive breeding of the abovementioned animals may constitute a substantial source of revenue for Polish farms with large areas of pastures and woodlands.
On 18 June 2015, Polish Agroforestry Association (OSA – Ogólnopolskie Stowarzyszenie Agroleśnictwa) has been entered in the National Court Register.
OSA is managed by the Management Board, which is composed of representatives of agronomy, forestry and ecology sciences, university teachers as well as social activists. The association’s goals are to undertake, coordinate and support initiatives related to sustainable development of rural areas and to contribute to better links between science, economy and nature and landscape protection in Poland in the context of agroforestry systems.
OSA will be represented on EURAF (European Agroforestry Federation – www.agroforestry.eu ) and will represent the interests of Polish agroforesters in wider European discussions.