First edition of postgraduate courses for agricultural consultants has been completed
On September 28th, 2013 an official graduation ceremony was held at Agriculture and Biology Department of Warsaw University of Life Sciences. The meeting marked the end of the 1st edition of Postgraduate Course for Agricultural Consultants: Fertilizer and pesticide trade in sustainable farming systems. The course was co-organized by Grupa Azoty Zakłady Azotowe “PUŁAWY” within the activity of PUŁAWY Competences Center.
The highest quality of education
The project aims at preparing specialists in the most modern technology of integrated plant cultivation and in fertilizer and pesticide trade. Consequently, the channel of distribution of chemical products for agricultural purposes was merged with a counseling system regarding their efficient and safe application.
The syllabus included a total of 220 hours of lectures and workshops. Employees of distribution companies gained up-to-date knowledge concerning the properties of fertilizers and pesticides, their influence on the natural environment and practical skills useful in the professional work of a counselor.
Knowledge is the foundation of success
The course also included a program of training about integrated production of plants, as well as training about pesticide counseling. The participants mastered modern methods of advising on the best choice of fertilizers and pesticides. The students acquired IT skills useful in fertilizers and pesticides selection, implementing a fertilization plan, and calculating the profitability of using fertilizers by various brands. Another element of the course involved developing social competences and communication skills useful in contacts with agricultural producers.
32 graduates completed the course. Each participant received a graduation diploma issued by Warsaw University of Life Sciences and two certificates which entitle to trade, package and apply pesticides meant for professional use.