Small and Mobile Food Processing

Country: 
France
Croatia
Summary: 

A business (in our case agricultural) activity is not sustainable, ultimately does not provide a proper living if its operational costs are larger than its predictable income. Proper living depends to not only the volume of the income but to a large extend, especially in the case of small-scale production, on the volume of the operational costs, taxes, government support and social security contributions. In many cases, the costs are too high since small individual farmer have to comply with such hygiene, environmental, etc. standards as large scale farmers together with the obligation in financing plant establishment (v. industrial level) infrastructure and investment that small volumes do not allow. Within the notion of access to market, the definition of food processing intermediaries has been identified as a particularly important issue. It is often unclear and authorities manage it also unclearly whether processing can be interpreted as an intermediate actor or as a single service. The French processing point collectively managed by farmers, which provides services to the member farmers, thus farmer may sell that processed product as his own processed product. In such case it is not necessary to have high cots investment and comply with required professional qualification on individual level. The collective processing point will remain in small processing plant category from hygienic standards and this allows a flexible small scale farming production based on local resources in cooperation of more farmers.

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Stakeholder: 
Farmer & Cooperative
Type: 
Organizational
GAIN: 
GAIN I
GAIN II
GAIN III
Involved People: 
KISLÉPTÉK, Hungary