The Institute for Olive Tree and Subtropical Plants of Chania, which belongs to the Department of Agricultural Research (former N.AG.RE.F.) of the Hellenic Agricultural Organisation "DEMETER", has commenced its activities in 1962 as a small agronomic station.
Today, after continuous improvements and extensions, and development in structure and staffing, it is considered to be amongst the best agronomic research Institutes in the country. This is confirmed by the reward of Athens Academy in December 2001.
Thus, the Institute today, with modern equipped laboratories and significant human resources is able to contribute in the execution of general and particular projects of national or European agricultural research. Furthermore, the Institute provides technical support to farmers, cooperatives, municipalities and organises various educational activities (seminars, symposia, conferences, e.t.c.)
The Office for Farmer Support covers the requirement of modern agriculture for food safety and protection of human and environmental resources.
The implementation of Best Agricultural Practices in the conventional and organic farms of the Institute will be a guide for knowledge transfer to farmers.
Dr Dimitrios I. Vakalounakis