Fédération Régionale des CUMA Rhône-Alpes
The Cuma are agricultural co-operatives of which exist some 13,000 in France. The mission is to enable shared use of farm equipment among farmers. Thanks to their organisation in different level of federations (départemental/ provincial, regional, national), they compose the widest net-work in France for agricultural extension and rural development. As groups of farmers who proved to be efficient on the field, they are involved in most topical concerns, including sustain-able development, environment protection, and especially renewable energy production.
The Fédération Régionale des Cuma Rhône-Alpes (FRCUMA) is in charge of
Technical support to about 900 Cuma (representing some 15,000 farmers) and their 8 Fédérations Départementales (FDCuma),
Professional representation of the Cuma toward the regional authorities,
Permanent connection between the departmental and national levels,
The FRCuma has 2 permanent employees: a secretary/accountant, and a manager. This team manages a network of 10 technicians and engineers assisting the cooperatives in their activities. Two of them will be associated to this project: an engineer specialised in the promotion of pure plant oil for cooperatives, a technician specialised in the complete on-site testing of farm tractors.
Main tasks in this project
Within this project, FRCUMA will do demonstration activities with three tractors running with PPO in WP5. Within the dissemination activities, FRCUMA will carry out three on–site visits with the tractors in action and cooperate with the other French partner RAEE for the other planned dissemination activities.
Profile of main staff members to be involved
Key person for this project will be Mr Charles GUILLOT, agricultural engineer
20 years experience in agronomy (field trials), breeding (setting up of network), agricultural development and co-operation projects involving various partners (France and Caribbean)
16 years experience in farm work organisation and farm equipment economics
Co-ordinator of several large scale technical, economical, or sociological surveys
Leader in an ongoing trial about vegetable biodegradable hydraulic oil
Co-coordination of the regional experimentation programme for pure plant oil use in the agri-cultural sector together with Rhônalpénergie-Environnement
Running and developing a complete farm tractor test service
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