The Lithuanian Agriculture Advisory Service (LAAS) was founded in 1993. It is a public institution the mission of which is to help all farming people to develop their businesses profitably without causing damage to environment, produce competitive production, survive and be leaders under the conditions of market economy.
The Advisory Service’s founders are:
The Lithuanian Ministry of Agriculture;
The Lithuanian Farmers' Union;
The Lithuanian Association of Agricultural Companies.
The interest of LAAS services' users are represented by the national Advisory Board. It participates in submitting proposals and preparing the Activity Programme of Advisory Service.
The Advisory Service functions on two levels: the central level represented by the Central Office in Akademija, the geographical centre of Lithuania and the regional level represented by district offices in each district of the country (48 offices in total). The department specialists of the Service’s Centre take care of in-service training of advisers, provide them with trainings materials, help them to carry out purposeful planning of their activities, provides regular monitoring of the implementation of their work plans and quality of services and participate in the international projects and different work groups.
LAAS has established a farmers’ advisory system covering the whole country.
The Service employs more than 350 employees, who improve their skills in the Lithuania and abroad on regular basis.