Parian producer of agricultural and biological products, with 280 acres of the property is included among the 10 Greek farmers will be awarded by the European Association for the organic farming and local products to address new types of organic farming. engaged in agricultural work since 2002, while the first crop was ready three years later. It says, "very young, had great love for the land." At 15, he worked professionally in agriculture and land at the grocery store of his employer for ten consecutive years. Upon graduating from high school, he began to put forth the plan he had in mind for the creation of model crops on the island. In the following years he worked as a plumber in order to gain knowledge about the plants of the fields and the automatic watering system, which up to now show the way for construction which he carries on his estates.
The first subsidized crop came in 2006, when he joined some programs for vineyards. He planted 25 acres of vineyard and bought machinery, tractors and all necessary equipment. In 2008 began to supply grapes wineries M. Moraitis and started the certification process for oil and grapes. In 2011 he got the organic certification for the products of the Inspection and Certification Agency Dio, while filed the largest program in the Cyclades subsidy crops ..
The traditional grape varieties are monemvasia, SAVVATIANO, Assyrtiko, mantilaria and board. Choosing the path of "linear" crop planting in a region dominated by old, traditional "makes" vines, innovate and succeed. Today, it has 90 acres of vineyards and produces thirty tons of grapes per year, making it the first quantitative factor of the island.
In recent years, traveling to many parts of Greece and visits organized large standard crops to gain experience in European projects and ongoing production one step further.
Beyond vines, Mr. Loukis has 70 acres of olive trees, 70 acres of vegetables, 700 pomegranates, 500 orange and fig trees still grows and many kinds of vegetables. As he explains "although most farmers dealing with a single species, I have grappled with enough". He adds that even prefers to sell the same products from the bench that has set in Naoussa.
Regarding the shift of the world in the primary sector, which has been observed in recent years in our country, he emphasizes that it is not easy to get into in agriculture. Makes even known that a young farmer starting to have income from work after the first three or four years. "Usually you need to make money from any other work and to invest in it, since the first time you have no profit, only preserves the land" shall state, pointing out that in many cases, a second job is necessary. "The income from a property, throwing in another and so the chain goes," he says. He adds that even if they sell all products in rough there would be no profit.
He feels great satisfaction that his efforts are recognized not only domestically, but also abroad. "It's very important that they see progress in recent years, because there are other children with many acres," he explains.
Further notes that he has taken care of his land to be suitable for visits opportunity that could exploit a local society for the development of rural tourism. "We can deal himself a farmer, if you do not forward this piece and some other players' points, making known the proposal has been accepted by both the municipality of Paros and tourist offices for visits to his estates.