An online event “Digitalisation – an opportunity for agri-food sector” organised by the European Parliament office in Lithuania and the non-profit digital innovation centre AgriFood DIH Lithuania, took place on 11 February 2021. This was the first event in the series of discussions, that will be organised on a monthly basis.

The NIVA Project partners – National Paying Agency under the Ministry of Agriculture – participated at an online event “Digitalisation – an opportunity for agri-food sector” in Lithuania.

Among the speakers of the event there were high-ranking Lithuanian officials, including the Member of the European Parliament Juozas Olekas, the Vice-Minister for Agriculture Paulius Lukševičius, the Director of AgriFood Lithuania DIH and the Director of the Lithuanian Cluster Network Kristina Šermukšnytė-Alešiūnienė, the Chairman of the Economic Committee of the Parliament of the Republic of Lithuania Kazys Starkevičius, the Director of the Institute of Economics and Rural Development Dr. Rasa Melnikienė and Raimundas Juknevičius, the Deputy Chairman of the Lithuanian Farmers’ Union.

The scope of the debates comprised the overview of digitalisation achievements, challenges and aspirations of Lithuanian and European agricultural sector‘ players. The focus was on possible assistance and consultancies for farmers as regards promotion of using innovative technologies in their agricultural practices. EO-based technologies, including soil and ferilizer management, etc., are now being discussed within the Lithuanian Government to be included in the national agenda, following the priorities specified in the EC Recovery and Resilience Facility. NMA agro application, which is used by the National Paying Agency (NPA) and its clients for over a couple of years, online submission of direct payments‘ applications, initiated by the NPA over 10 years ago, robotisation, digital registers were mentioned among the digitalisation achievements too. Currently the NPA together with partners is implementing the Horizon 2020 NIVA project, which will contribute to further digitalisation process in the agricultural sector in Lithuania.