Since the beginning of this year, the University of Economics and Environment, Nürtingen Geislingen (HfWU) has operated the German Agricultural Centres (DAZ) in Ukraine amd Kazakhstan. Other partners in the consortium are DEULA Baden-Württemberg, the ADT Projekt GmbH and the University of Hohenheim. At the Academy of Economics and Environment, the project is led by Professor Dr. Heinrich Schüle.
The agricultural centers are training, demonstration and research institutions which contribute to the modernisation of agriculture. The centres are funded by a group of leading European companies from the agricultural sector, and financially supported by the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL).
Kazakhstan and Ukraine have enormous agricultural potential. However, they still lag behind in terms of investments and qualified specialists and executives. Therefore the German Ministry of Agriculture and agro-based companies have established the agricultural centers in both countries in order to promote modern agricultural production techniques and educate agricultural professionals. The economic cooperation projects will contribute to a targeted transfer of knowledge and production technologies in both countries. Up to 2,000 professionals take part in the course programme annually.
In addition to the training program, both centers manage approximately 50 ha of experimental and demonstration areas that showcase modern farming techniques, plant varieties and crop protection experiments. The participating companies provide state of the art technology and equipment to the German Agricultural Centres for the practical training. Highlights are the annual DAZ Field Days each summer, which, both in Ukraine and Kazakhstan, attract professional visitors from all over the country.
In Ukraine (http://www.daz-ukraine.net/), the German Agricultural Centre is located in the oblast Cherkasy in central Ukraine in the midst of the fertile black soil zone. In recent years DAZ Ukraine has become a nationally prominent platform of European agriculture in Ukraine and an important information centre. The Centre is supported by the companies CLAAS, Lemken, Amazone, Väderstad, Josera and KWS.
Author: Gerhard Schmücker ( original article in German), source: Nürtingen Geislingen University