The region offers ideal climatic and geomorphological conditions that favor the cultivation and production of many different agricultural products, with a high concentration of human resources with significant experience in the agri-food sector


Good climatic conditions

The climate of the Region of Western Greece depends on the geographical location and the altitude. The climate of Greece is Mediterranean, with mild winters and warm summers in the low-altitude areas of RWG and cold winters and cool summers in the high-altitude areas of the Region. This combination promotes the agricultural activity of various corps, .at the same time, these climatic conditions provide the possibility for RWG to extent the tourist season, combining opportunities for summer and winter tourism.

The Region of Western Greece is ranked 4th in terms of the number of agricultural holdings and 6th in terms of the total area of ​​holdings. In total, 11.8% of agricultural holdings at national level, and 7.9% of holdings at national level, are found in the Region of Western Greece   , which shows that the agricultural sector of the region is characterized by small, fragmented land holdings and not by large organized agricultural units.

The majority of agricultural holdings are located in the Regional Units of Etoloakarnania and Ilia, and at the same time Aetolia-Acarnania is ranked first, both in terms of the number and the area of ​​farms.

The majority of agricultural holdings can be found in the Regional Unit, whilst the majority of livestock and mixed (agricultural and livestock) farms is located in Aetolia Acarnania.

 

PDO-PGI Products, Traditional Products

The Region of Western Greece contributes to the Greek diet and gastronomic tradition, in various ways. In this context, many of its products have been designated as Products with a Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) and as Products with a Protected Geographical Indication (PGI):

List of PDO, PGI Products

Product

Regional Unit of reference

Olympia Olive Oil

Ilia

Corinthian Vostitsa Raisins (PDO)

Achaea

Ilia Raisins (PGI)

Ilia

Feta cheese (PDO)

All Regional Units

Kefalograviera cheece (PDO)

Aetolia-Acarnania

Messolonghi roe (PDO)

Aetolia-Acarnania

 

 

Indicative List of Traditional Products by regional unit

Product

Regional Unit

Fish products of Aetolia – Acarnania

Aetolia-Acarnania

Sea bream (cured with salt)of Messolonghi

Aetolia-Acarnania

Graviera of Amfilochia

Aetolia-Acarnania

Malagouzia of Etoloakarnania (wine variety)

Aetolia-Acarnania

Erymanthos goat

Achaea

Xiromerou lamp

Aetolia-Acarnania

Salted pork from Ilia

Ilia

Kalivian onions from  Ilia

Ilia

Tsalafouti cheece from Aetolia -Acarnania

Aetolia-Acarnania

Kalamon olive (PGI)

Aetolia-Acarnania

Potatoes

Achaea and Ilia

Strawberries

Ilia

Watermelons

Ilia

Chondroelia

Aetolia-Acarnania

Honey

Achaea

Olive oil

All regions

 

Crops

With regards to the production of certain agricultural products, the RWG has established its strong presence in the production of fresh vegetables, melons, strawberries and potatoes. In these food categories, the three Regional Units hold 22% of the total agricultural area at national level. In addition, the Region holds13% of the area of forage plants, as well as 5% of the area of cereals.

Distribution of Land Areas in Selected Annual Crops per regional unit

 

 

The most Important Agricultural Products

The Region of Western Greece  owns the monopoly in strawberry production in the country, and at the same time it has large shares (over 40%) in the production of sweet potatoes, lemons, watermelons, oats and potatoes. .  Most of the agricultural products are produced in the Regional Unit of Ilia, some of them even exclusively (strawberries, peanuts).

 

The table that follows, presents the Top-10 products in terms of share in total production at national level, (currently cultivated in RWG)

List of Products with High Share of National Production, RWG

Product

Share of the RWG in the National Production

Regional Unit of Reference

Strawberries

98%

Exclusively in the R.U. of Ilia

Sweet potatoes

68%

Mainly in the R.U. of Ilia and Achaea

Lemons

55%

Mainly in the R.U. of Achaea

Watermelons

46%

Mainly in the R.U. of Ilia

Oats

44%

Mainly in the R.U. of Ilia and Achaea

Potatoes (autumn, winter)

41%

Mainly in the R.U. of Ilia

Peanuts

38%

Exclusively in the R.U. of Ilia

Zucchini

32%

Mainly in the R.U. of Ilia

Industrial Tomatoes

27%

Mainly in the R.U. of Ilia

Country Peppers

22%

Mainly in the R.U. of Ilia

 

Revenues from Agriculture and Livestock

The revenues of the Region of Western Greece from agriculture and livestock for 2017 accounted for €0.25m., ranking the Region of Western Greece in the 7th place among the 13 Regions.

Oats, forage plants and pigs have the highest revenue rates, while fruits, olives, oily products, fresh vegetables andcitrus fruits, follow suit.

List of High Revenue Products, RWG

 


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