From the 13th to 17th May participants from Bosnia and Herzegovina in NL

University of Sarajevo, Faculty of Agricultural and Food Science

University of Tuzla, Faculty of Technology

High School of Agriculture, Food Processing, Veterinary and Service Industry, Sarajevo

Poljoprivredno-veterinarska škola Kalesija


May, 27, 2013





            From the 13th to 17th May participants from Bosnia and Herzegovina attending the course "Quality and knowledge system development in producing ang processing". Mirha Đikić, Drena Gadžo, Senada Čengić-Džomba and Pakeza Drkenda came from University of Sarajevo, Meho Bašić from University of Tuzla, Rešid Ćosibegović from High School of Agriculture, Food Processing, Veterinary and Service Industry Sarajevo, and Meho Majdančić from Poljoprivredno-veterinarska škola Kalesija.

            First day we spent in classroom, working on assignment, introducing library. The benefit of visiting library is  - we got ID password to use library next year.

            Second day we met Prof. Pablo Tittonel, WU-Chair group of farming system, talked with him about organic farming system and master course, and also sow some experiments behind the main Plant production building. In the afternoon we visited Louis Bolk Institute in Driebergen. We talked with several employees from the Institute. They told us some things regarding their projects. We are interested in some of them, especially biodiversity, growing salt tolerant crops on salty soils, using lupines instead of meat, antibiotics etc. Trough this visit we learned how to improve farming with Biodiversity (increase soil fertility trough biodiversity as well as reduce insecticides using functional agrobiodivesity for plant protection). It was good example of improve the farming on the farm together with research work).

            Third day we visited organic farms, plant group stayed in vegetable farm, and animal group showed sheep farm. Plant group was very satisfied with vegetable farm, ask so many questions about production, weed control, selling the products, providing manure etc. For the first time we sow some new things, etc. planting maize, new vegetable leaf crop. The problem of pests and diseases is less in NL. Commercial organic manure farmers in NL do not use, there is enough farm manure. After interview was clear that the organic producers have more knowledge about vegetable production and the main problem is market. Animal group also was satisfied with their farm. Farmer was interviewed about the production (breeding, feeding, housing, animal health problems, quantity of products, economic indicators, etc). Also all interesting details have been photographed.

            Fourth day actually we had two visits, one till the noon, second afternoon. First we visited poultry farm. Some of us sow poultry organic farm for first time. Animal group was very satisfied with this visit, because a poultry farm has three production systems: organic production, conventional production and free range, and where it can make comparisons between them. Afternoon we visited vegetable and dairy organic farms. On vegetable farm we talked with very young farmers. Three women manage farm with so many difficulties, but they are satisfied. That kind of organization of organic farm is also something new for us. During this visit we saw a new way to sell organic products using “vegetable beg”, and find out how they cooperate with consumers and customers. Animal group visited dairy farm this afternoon.

            On the fifth day we have only evaluation of previous days. Wageningen week for all participants was successful. During this period we collected new information, improve our knowledge, sow the things for the first time. Also we picked up some material from the library. New knowledge, new method of teaching, photos and material we collected will be used in development of Teacher training program for secondary school, for dissemination of knowledge, and also for development of new modules in secondary school.

            Conclusions: The course for us was useful, give us also a direction of a new way of thinking regarding whole process of organic agriculture, not only production. We got more knowledge about the connection between biodiversity, rural development and OA. The connection between research institutions and farmers are very important too. Animal group also conclude: considering that B&H has no animal organic farm, visiting those farms will definitely have a positive impact on the development of the module. Development of network is also very important in all aspect in organic agriculture and we have to work in it more till now. Some new approach of thinking about organic agriculture was developed too.


                                                                                                Mirha Đikić

                                                                                                Drena Gadžo

                                                                                                Pakeza Drkenda

                                                                                                Senada Čengić-Džomba

                                                                                                Meho Bašić

                                                                                                Meho Majdančić

                                                                                                Rešid Ćosibegović