Ökológiai Mezőgazdasági Kutatóintézet

Potato peak IV – Evaluation meeting of the 2014 on-farm trials, planning of 2015 (20th January 2015)

Read more...A vivid co-operation in the organic potato professional workshop we have seen on the 20th January 2015 in Gödöllő, on the fourth on-farm organic potato meeting organized yearly by ÖMKi. The event had several objectives: presentation of the results of the 2014 growing season, summary of the results of the last three years and discussion of the purpose and forms of future cooperation. The meeting was quite successful and the afternoon ended with such an active exchange of views that will set common guidelines for the work of the next few years.

South Korean agricultural delegation's visit ÖMKi

Read more...We welcomed a South Korean agricultural delegation at ÖMKi on September 15, 2014. Most of the ten participants were directors or head researchers of state or county research institutes of the Asian country. Most of them execute advisory tasks too. The purpose of their visit was to learn about the European, including Hungarian organic research and development.

Gastronomic ratings of organic potato

Read more...On 24th of September, chefs of the Hungarian Gastronomy Association (MGE) tasted seven items (Balatoni Rózsa, Bettina, Big Rossa, Chérie, Démon, Hópehely, Tiamo) of the 2014 harvest of the organic potato variety trials. The palette was widened by two additional species of the Keszthely Potato Research Centre (Somogyi Kifli, White Lady conventional cultivation) and Csaba Salamon also ran a breed (called Porvai Kék) from his own garden. The result is encouraging. According to MGE’s founder, Tamás B. Molnár, the category winners touch on the world standards. Especially interesting was, that the Somogyi Kifli, recorded as type 'A'- potato for salad - achieved rating among the fried samples. The winners are:



- I. Démon

- I. Hópehely

- II. Hópehely

- II. Démon

- III. White Lady

- III. Somogyi kifli

Between the first two finishers here the race was very close.


ÖMKi received foreign experts in the framework of the Leonardo project

Read more...ÖMKi organized a two-day professional meeting and workshop for the foreign partners of the Leonardo Da Vinci project OFEOF on 11-12 September 2014. On the event „The on-farm research and training in the organic potato cultivation” there were participants (organic producers, breeders, researchers and consultants) from the Austrian FiBL, from IBLA in Luxembourg and from the Czech Bioinstitut. The topic of professional visit was the on-farm research of organic potato production.

Tasting landrace tomatoes with the main actors of the Hungarian gastronomy

Read more...On August 27, 2014 in the afternoon in a downtown restaurant called Lacipecsenye gathered the crème de la crème of Hungarian haute cuisine, for no other reason than to taste the local varieties of this year's crop from ÖMKi’s tomato research, exactly 29 special tomato varieties. In the selection we had Hungarian varieties, requested from the Centre for Plant Diversity (NöDiK) and re-introduced to organic cultivation and in addition, five specialities as well, that were the seeds received for trial from the president the Hungarian Gastronomy Association, Tamás B. Molnár. Furthermore, chefs tasted three landrace varieties from Nyárádmente (Transylvania), an American and a Spanish land race as well.

Tomato local varieties – professional field day

Read more...On the 26th of August 2014, ÖMKi organised the yearly organic tomato field day on the organic CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) farm of Áron Pető and Renáta Bangha in Szigetmonostor. Since 2012, within the framework of our on-farm research we have been dealing with cultivation technology and culinary evaluation of landrace tomatoes in several regions of the country. Complementing to this, through our scholarship programme tomato and nutritional values ​​of local varieties of tomatoes research have been undertaken in collaboration with several faculties of the Horticultural Sciences Department the of Corvinus University of Budapest. The Szigetmonostor organic garden venue is part of our on-farm program and the nutrient supply experiment as well. The aim of the event was to share with participants the organic tomato production experience of the farm, technology practices and present and discuss the results of tomato research so far. The program as a whole, including the technical reports was held on the field, thus aiming the practice-oriented reality.

Organic arable cropping Days, March 2014 and 2015

Read more...The ÖMKi arable cropping field research demonstration workshops (3-3 conference) took place in March 2014 and 2015 as well. In addition to the on-farm partners also many other farmers were interested in participating. The presentations focused on two major research topics, presenting the results so far. Research of cereals is still significant, as these are the most popular ones among the arable crops in organic cultivation. Wheat and spelt are grown on the largest certified area​​, which together make up one-quarter of the organic arable lands. A futher research topic was in the focus: organic soybean production. Not only the demand for conventional non-GM soya has increased, but there is a growing demand for European-produced organic soya, which acreage currently reaches only a maximum of two percent of the organic arable land in our country. On the events in 2014, there was an opportunity to taste different pastries and breads made of organic cereals of our research. In 2015, we presented an internet-based trading initiative (o-tx.com), which is already well-known in Europe, to better enforce organic farmers’ market. ÖMKi is motivated to promote this site to widen market acquisition opportunities to support Hungarian certified organic producers. The sales opportunities on the online market interface are now available in Hungarian as well.

Report – Dialogue for development of Hungarian organic agriculture

Read more...ÖMKi organized the professional meeting, Dialogue for development of Hungarian organic agriculture, 6th February 2014 in the Ignác Darányi Hall of the Ministry of Rural Development. About 150 participants attended to gather information on current issues of the organic sector:

  • The recently created National Organic Farming Action Plan,

  • The new agriculture subsidy and institution system being under preparation and

  • The planned new organic regulation of the EU and the expected effects of these.

The aim of the program was to provide a wide overview of the ministry’s current plans, have a positive influence on these processes, draw up and represent the viewpoint of professionals, and represent the interests of organic farming.

Participants were greeted by Dr. József Viski head of the Ministry’s Strategic Department, on behalf of Katalin Tóth deputy under-secretary of state. Dr. Viski summarized political events concerning organic agriculture, development ideas, and the decision-making process of the government. As part of the presentation, department head of Food Chain Management Dr. Zoltán Gombos spoke about the final release of Hungary’s 2014-2020 National Organic Farming Strategy.

Arable crop production, summary of professional meetings

Read more...ÖMKi held professional meetings in March for farmers participating in past on-farm arable crops research and those with an interested in the topic to sumarize the programs of last year and encourage participation in this year’s work. These experiments are based on producer practice and done in settings shaped in cooperation with the farmers. ÖMKi’s main task is realizing research that helps Hungarian organic agriculture.

ÖMKi attends NUE-Crops and LI-Breeds workshops in Newcastle, UK. 23 April 2014

Read more...Zoltán Dezsnéy and Ed Garrett from ÖMKi attended Early Stage Researcher dissemination workshops for the EU-FP7 projects NUE-CROPS (www.nuecrops.eu/) and LowInputBreeds (www.lowinputbreeds.org/) April 8 and 9 at Newcastle University in Newcastle on Tyne, UK. The Nafferton Ecological Farming Group at Newcastle University sponsored both workshops and a field trip to the Organic/Conventional comparative research trials at Nafferton Farm.

NUE-CROPS is an EU-FP7 project exploring nitrogen use efficiency mainly in wheat, maize, potato, and oilseed rape while the EU-FP7 LI-Breeds project investigates promotion of feed efficiency of cattle, sheep pigs and poultry under six major livestock production systems in Europe. Nafferton Farm has both an organic and conventional dairy herd with pastures, forage crops, potato and other typical crops for the region. The farm is separated roughly in half with one side under organic management and the other conventionally farmed to allow for large-scale comparison of multiple issues.