PRESENTATION OF THE PIC CONSORTIUM
Five French plant clusters have joined their strengths to expand their international strategy.
5 French clusters : Céréales Vallée, PEIFL, Qualimed, Qualitropic and VEGEPOLYS have created the Plant InterCluster network to embody the French plant skills all around the world.
The purpose of this network is to set up a common strategy to facilitate the international development of the clusters and their members (companies, training and research centers), to build strong partnerships with clusters around those sectors: cider, cereals, fruit and vegetables, ornamental horticulture, medicinal plants, mushrooms, seeds and winegrowing.
The first steps of this network are:
- The identification of 20 international plant clusters worldwide (with a specific survey carried during the last 6 months).
- The organization of the first meeting, the 25 and 26 of May in Paris, between the French clusters and some foreign ones already identified.
- The organization of a mission in the Chile-Brazil area
Other actions like common participation to conventions, exhibitions, international innovating projects will complete the program of the Plant Intercluster.
The PIC events
Each year, the French cluster consortium for plant innovation organizes with the network an annual meeting with a specific topic. For more information, click on : EVENTS
The PIC Network
On June 5th, 2012 a Clusters Cooperation Agreement was signed in Santarem (Portugal) between Mr. Gino Boismorin, general manager of VEGEPOLYS who signed on behalf of the PIC Consortium and Mr. Carlos Lopes president of the Portuguese Agrocluster Ribatejo.
The purpose of this CCA is to establish a formal cooperation initiative to share information, tools and experiences between the French and Portuguese clusters and strengthen business, research and technological cooperation.