Agricultural Research Institute
Since its establishment in 1962, the Agricultural Research Institute (ARI) is engaged in agricultural research. It was founded in the framework of a cooperative project between the Government of Cyprus and the United Nations Special Fund, with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) as an executive Authority. It is a Department of the Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and Environment and is supported by government funding. During the last years, it is also funded by many collaborating European research projects.
In the framework of the 5th EU Framework Project, the Agricultural Research Institute received a prestigious recognition of its contribution being selected as a “Centre of Excellence in Agriculture and Environment”. Through this Project, the ARI collaborates with European research centres and universities and ensured financial resources for the implementation of initiative research projects, as well as for the provision of education in an important number of postgraduate students and young researchers from universities and research centres of Europe.
ARI’s research programs aim at the solution of direct problems of plant and animal production and the best possible development of the island’s agricultural potentials. The ARI is organized in the Departments of Plant Improvement, Vegetables/Ornamentals, Fruit Trees/Viticulture, Animal Production, Soil Science, Plant Protection, Rural Development and Agrobiotechnology. The Department of Agrobiotechnology includes the Central Chemistry Laboratory, which conducts research activities and provides analytical support services to the other Departments. The Institute has well equipped specialized laboratories, including radioisotope and molecular biology laboratories, cold storage facilities, the National Gene Bank, the National Herbarium and a library, which receives many of the leading agricultural journals.
The Institute has an experimental farm at Athalassa where the livestock (cattle, sheep, and goats) is kept, and outstations at Akheleia and Zygi for citrus, flowers, vegetables and field crops, at Saittas for deciduous fruits and at Xylotympou and Polis for citrus, vegetables and cereal breeding. Additional experimentation is also undertaken at farmers’ fields.
Research results are preferentially published in international journals or in ARI´s publications series. At the same time, research results are also given to various governmental departments, and mainly to the Department of Agriculture, which is the competent Department for the training of farmers.
The ARI is the National Focal Point for FAO projects related to conservation and utilization of plant and animal Genetic Resources in agriculture. In 2002, a Centre of Variety Examination and Registration was established at the Institute, in accordance with the provisions of the new Law on seeds and in line with EU regulations. In 2004, the Farm Accountancy Data Network, a conventional commitment of Cyprus to the EU, was established. The aim of FADN is to collect and submit to the EU complete sets of input-output data from farmers, which assist the EU to modify and adapt its current agricultural policy. In addition, the Institute is the national AGRIS Centre collecting, cataloguing and indexing the agricultural literature published in Cyprus, and the national CARIS Centre collating information on ongoing research. This information is given to FAO for inclusion in the global AGRIS and CARIS databases. The Institute cooperates with many international and regional organizations, such as FAO, IAEA, ICARDA, IPGRI, etc., and a number of other national research organizations and institutions mainly in the European Union countries.
For more details and updates:
Agricultural Research Institute website: http://www.ari.gov.cy/
Tel.: 22403110 / 22403232