The Rural Development (RD) Section of the Agricultural Research Institute conducts research with aiming for the improvement of the agricultural sector in Cyprus and enhancement of the quality of life of the Cypriot farmers.
Current research activities include issues for cost of production and marketing of agricultural products, the use of information technology and robotics in agriculture, and the use of satellite remote sensing applications in agriculture.
The RD Section is also responsible for promotion and dissemination activities related to ARI by utilizing internet technologies. It manages the website ARI http://www.ari.gov.cy, the blog site http://blog.ari.gov.cy, the page of ARI on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/ARICyprus, its Twitter account http://www.twitter.com/ari_rd, and publishes the e-Newsletter which is hosted on its website and also sent via email to subscribers. In addition, lectures/seminars/talks from ARI researchers are hosted on Slideshare http://www.slideshare.net/ARIWebinars and on Youtube http://www.youtube.com/user/aricyprus. Finally, printed material of ARI, such as the Annual Report, the biennial Review and Information Bulletins (in Greek) are presented in electronic magazine format on Issuu http://issuu.com/ari-rd.
Officers of the Division of Rural Development are involved in collaborative research projects which are funded by the Research Promotion Foundation (AgriRobot http://agrirobot.ouc.ac.cy and AGWATER). They also participate in programs funded by the European Union. Since 2008 and 2009 they are involved in the ARIMNET http://www.arimnet.net and RURAGRI https://www.ruragri-era.net/ projects, while from 2010 they participate in the program VOA3R http://voa3r.eu and as observers in the program ICT-AGRI http://www.ict-agri.eu.
Georgios Adamides, Georgios Papadavid, Andreas Stylianou, Marianthi Giannakopoulou, Stavroula Ioannou