On November 21st, we welcomed scientists, agricultural manufacturers and business representatives at the Third “Science-Business-Agriculture” Conference. This year the venue for the meeting of delegates from the agriculture and food production sectors was Puławy Science-Technology Park.
Competences Center paving the way for dialogue
The conference was organized by “PUŁAWY” Competences Center. The organization constitutes a platform of cooperation and information exchange between agricultural producers, counselors, representatives of scientific institutions and the world of business. At the moment “PUŁAWY” Competences Center consortium includes: Grupa Azoty Zakłady Azotowe “PUŁAWY”, Fertilizer Research Institute in Puławy, Institute of Soil Science and Plant Cultivation – State Research Institute in Puławy, Warsaw School of Life Sciences and other members.
This year’s edition of “Science-Business-Agriculture” Conference was honored by two patrons: Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and Fertilizers Europe – the European Association of Fertilizer Manufacturers, which represents the major fertilizer manufacturers in Europe.
Agriculture is the foundation of modern economy
Using “PUŁAWY” Competences Center as a forum, we wish to build relations between representatives of the worlds of science, business and agriculture. It is our goal to create conditions in which Polish farmers will be able to make use of the latest research on fertilizing, and plan their activities in the most efficient manner possible. Recent years have brought a remarkable growth of the number of farms using modern and innovative manufacturing technologies.
Towards the rise of food exports
As the coordinator of “PUŁAWY” Competences Center consortium, and at the same time the Vice Chairman of the Board of Grupa Azoty Zakłady Azotowe “PUŁAWY”, I would like to use the opportunity of our meeting at the Conference, and remind all of us that agriculture is the fourth largest sector of the Polish economy. Consequently, it requires particular care of agricultural manufacturers, politicians, scientists and businesspeople. We mustn’t turn a blind eye to the fact that rural areas take up 93% of the Polish territory! It is vital to draw attention to the importance of agriculture for the national economy. At present the exports of agricultural resources and products account for 12% of the total value of Polish exports. Thanks to appropriate implementation of scientific and technological solutions in particular farms, as well as the development of fertilizer manufacturing business, Poland stands a chance of becoming one of the key food suppliers in the European Union.