ACERTA Balkans participates in 1st International Agrobusiness Conference
Acerta Certification – Balkan delegation participated in the FIRST INTERNATIONAL AGROBUSINESS CONFERENCE,
dedicated to “Family agriculture – international year of family farming
in 2014”, which took place in the town of Vrnjacka Banja in Serbia.
Event organizers: Ethno Centar (Center ethnic) GEGULA from Kraljevo city, Center for Strategic Research of the National Security Belgrade, Association of Agricultural Journalists AGROPRESS Belgrade, sponsored by the town of Vrnjacka banja – Agricultural Fund for Agriculture and rural Development, as well as the regional chamber of commerce of Kraljevo city, Raska and Trstenik municipalities and companies Superior from Velika Plana i Vinex Levacki grozd from Rekovac.
An event was attended by about 250 representatives of the most important associations of farmers, companies, local governments, international organizations and the media.
In the event there have been presented 24 issues conceived as short stories (15 minutes each). A large number of experts and academics have discussed different views of family agricultural production in Serbia, comparing it with regional markets and proposing certain directions to take in order to encourage the creation of small agricultural holdings.
“Serbia, like all countries in the region has a new goal – to join the modern and technologically advanced countries join the European Union. Just like any other trip, this one also is expanding the horizonts, changing routes, new regulations and systems have become part of everyday activities, and education became the most effective instrument of knowledge and the compression of such systems ” – Nikola Colakovski opened his presentation entitled “Road to the EU markets through education and certification.
And also, in the event took place two workshops, one entitled “safe and quality product – the entry into the European market” (systems and standards in the food industry – HACCP, ISO 22000, IFS, BRC, FSSC 22000) and (Standards in Agriculture (GLOBALGAP) which was introduced by Nikola Colakovski, Acerta Balkan Branch.
Another workshop was conducted by AGROPRESS – opportunities for develop production and processing of fruit farms and Making a small business plan.
The event took place the 24th and 25th January 2014.
Acerta delegation responsable for Balkan countries has played an important role in this event, highlighting the importance of certification but also that of education as an indispensable step in terms of a sustainable and contemporary production.