Showcasing the products of Crete, promoting the world-famous Cretan diet and uniting the island’s productive forces, are the top priorities of the newly formed cluster “Kriti to Nisi Mou” (Crete: My Island).
Through the promotion of the Cretan diet and healthy eating habits, the new entity hopes to encourage wholesome production practices with a focus on organic products. The ultimate goal is to establish Crete as a frontrunner in organic production and agricultural best practices.
To achieve this, the cluster brings to the table stakeholders from all economic sectors who will exchange knowhow and best practices and work together to create value added for local services and products, which will establish Crete into a model tourist destination.
“Kriti to Nisi Mou” will also be participating in international networks and organizations in order to gain insight, knowledge and experience while joining the global discussion on agricultural practices that respect the environment.
“We are also seeking with the interconnection of all sectors of the economy – primary, secondary (processing) as well as tourism and food and beverages, to contribute to further growth, while increasing jobs,” the entity said in a statement.
“Kriti to Nisi Mou” stakeholders said the primary goal was to showcase and promote a healthy agri-food model based on the island’s food culture, biodiversity and excellent climate, with cultivation practices harmonized with EU requirements.
It also hopes to encourage cooperation through incentives to producers for the production of unique-to-the-island products and to hospitality and food providers who will promote the Cretan diet and products at their restaurants and hotels.