Competences Center awaits new students

| Production & Resources |

The second edition of Fertilizer and pesticide trade in sustainable farming systems postgraduate course for agricultural advisers will be launched in February 2014. The continuation of the project is a great achievement of “Puławy” Competences Center, which was established as recently as in 2011, but has already won recognition in Poland and Europe.

A pioneer course

The first such course in Poland, the program is a result of cooperation of “Puławy” Competences Center, Warsaw School of Life Sciences and Grupa Azoty “PUŁAWY”. The second edition is being prepared in response to the needs of participants of the agricultural market. They are seeking specialist knowledge concerning plant protection, effective fertilization and judicious planning of farm production. Each of these fields continues to develop and up-to-date information is in demand.

Knowledge keeps circulating

The candidates will learn how to use IT tools for efficient application of chemical formulas and calculate the profitability of their use. Apart from attending lectures run by experienced scientists, the students will participate in workshops presenting the latest agrotechnical solutions facilitating work on farms. The skills gained during the course are indispensable for the cooperation with farmers, making it possible to present key information about effective application of mineral fertilizers, which helps generate more profits.

Cooperation is the start

“Puławy” Competences Center was established in order to connect the fertilizer-chemical business, R&D institutes, farmers, and to make the best use of this cooperation. We managed to create the first such institution in Poland, an organization which approaches the challenges of contemporary farming in a comprehensive way. The postgraduate course for agricultural consultants is an integral part of Center’s activity, enabling the transfer of knowledge to the final beneficiaries, the farmers.

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First edition of postgraduate courses for agricultural consultants has been completed

| CSR |

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.

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