Primarolia  – “In the streets of black currant”: an innovative project from the LEADER / CLLD program


20 February 2019

An ambitious project for recording and exploiting the culture of Corinthian-black currant is planned by the Development Companies of the regions of production of black currants, namely Achaia, Ilia, Messinia, Korinthia, Zakynthos, Kefalonia.

Sustainable development must be based on the strengths of the areas, and especially those that differentiate it. Black currant is a timeless and unique product for these regions and for the whole country. The recent inclusion of the cultivation of black currant in UNESCO’s National Index of Intangible Cultural Heritage is creating new dynamics.

The initial development meeting of the Development Companies for the preparation of the inter-territorial cooperation project will be held in Zakynthos on Thursday, February 21, 2019 , at the invitation of the Zakynthian Chamber, which will host the meeting of Achaia Development and the Zakynthos Cooperation Network.

The cooperation project includes the Ahaia Developmental, Developmental Olympia, Developmental Messinia, AN.OB.PE. Development Cooperative of Zakynthos and Network of cooperation between Kefalonia and Ithaca, while under the support of the Municipality of Selected Greek Taste Networks. The project is planned to be implemented in the years 2019-2021 and will be funded by the local LEADER / CLLD funds of the cooperating development companies, with a budget exceeding € 120,000. Coordinator of the project will be Achaia Development.

The cooperation project will focus on highlighting the strength of raisin and its culture as a development tool, exploring the many opportunities due to the many aspects of raisin:

  • the uniqueness of the product with 80% of world production and the best quality,
  • its nutritional value at the level of super food,
  • the gastronomy that accompanies it,
  • its history and especially its participation in the creation of the Greek state during the 19 the century,
  • the culture that grew around the raisin and its export earnings,
  • the social stratification that has been shaped by the richness of raisins in its prime and the economic disaster of its monoculture,
  • the transnationality developed with the cities of “raisin roads”, Trieste, Marseilles, Liverpool, London, Amsterdam, Hamburg Odessa and the opportunity offered for new, contemporary collaborations.

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