Within the project Protective Observatory of the Regional Areas of Medicinal Plants as Living Cross-Border Sustainable Tourism Infrastructure – PORALIST, on 10th and 11th December 2019, a second module of education was organized in Prijepolje and Bijelo Polje dedicated to the gathering and business networking of rural economy actors and the introduction of medicinal herbs into tourism and catering.
Two traditionally most important forms of gathering were presented, agricultural associations and agricultural cooperatives, as an important factor in strengthening the rural economy and revitalizing the countryside, and on the other hand an important factor in improving state of farmers. The second part of the training dealt with the topic related introducing herbs into the tourism and hospitality offer, through the development of tourist products and gastronomy based on medicinal herbs. Mentioned facts represents an important segment in terms of the existing natural resource potentials of both cross-border local communities in which territory the project activities are being implemented and their sustainable use in the function of economic development of local communities.
A total of 93 participants in both training sessions have had an opportunity to get familiarised with range of practical and useful information through learning about the work of successful cooperatives and associations. Also, projects realized so far have been presented that have had a significant impact on the development of tourism and the popularization of local products as a segment contributing to the improvement of the tourist offer. The training was attended by representatives of local self-governments, students of the Biotechnical Faculty with professors and experts in this field, farmers, herb collectors, as well as representatives of tourism organizations and local associations.