VIESOJI ISTAIGA LIETUVOS ZEMES UKIO KONSULTAVIMO TAMYBA
LAAS, the Lithuanian Agricultural Advisory Service was established in 1993 by the Lithuanian Ministry of Agriculture, the Lithuanian Farmers’ Union and the Lithuanian Association of Agricultural Companies. Its operation is separated in two levels: the central level represented by the Head Office and the regional level represented by the district advisory offices (48 offices in total). LAAS develops a farmers’ advisory system covering the whole country. Every year, almost 18,000 farmers and rural dwells use the advisory system or take part in trainings, which are organized by LAAS consultants.
Approximately, 5,000 of them have attached agreements with LAAS and have access to the LAAS’ services during the whole year. LAAS is also a certified advisory institution which provides services and helps farmers to evaluate and improve their activity in the implementation of Cross Compliance requirements.
During the period of 2009-2014, the LAAS’s advisors made more than 3,500 farm assessments (in-field checks) on their compliance to CAP’s requirements and provided more than 60,000 hours of advisory services. LAAS has also extensive experience in different international programs (Baltic Sea Regional Programme, ERASMUS+, Interreg, Nord Plus), professional networking (GFRAS, EUFRAS), and collaborations with national and international partners.
In recent years LAAS is more orientated to create new e-services for farming over national (EIP from RDP) and international (Horizon 2020, Erasmus+, Interreg) cooperation.