Agricultural machinery of the future

| Prospects & Investment |

Tractors and combine harvesters come to one’s mind immediately when thinking of agricultural industry. Referring to farmers’ work, we tend to imagine a tractor traveling along a field. This staple picture may well be replaced in the next decades of the 21st century. As soon as in the following decade, drones are likely to become as commonplace in agriculture as tractors and combines.

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The key role of Factory Fire Brigade

| About Us |

The festivities surrounding the 50th Anniversary of Factory Fire Brigade and the International Fireman’s Day served as an opportunity to grant honorary distinctions to the members of FFB from Puławy and to stress the importance of this institution in the daily life of Grupa Azoty Zakłady Azotowe “PUŁAWY”.

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The pillars of modern agriculture

| Production & Resources |

Director General of Fertilizers Europe Jacob Hansen was a guest at this year’s Science – Business – Agriculture Conference organized by “Puławy” Competences Center. Fertilizers Europe is an association of European fertilizer manufacturers. Mr Hansen spoke about the cycle of fertilizer circulation and the role of mineral fertilizers in contemporary agricultural manufacturing.

Good practice of fertilization

The use of products which facilitate the growth of plants and boost crops involves one rudimentary rule: appropriate quantity of the fertilizer needs to applied at the appropriate time and in the suitable place. Those who have never heard this principle before may have the impression that it sounds obvious and banal. Upon a closer inspection, however, it becomes apparent that each element of the process ought to be based on professional knowledge, supported by tests and experiments. Additionally, monitoring the influence of our agricultural practice on the environment is an equally important task, and the foundation of efficient, modern farming.

Recycling

Another principle which is crucial for modern agricultural manufacturers is re-using the nutrients which are produced on the farm. Thanks to using available methods of recapturing valuable substances, it is possible to limit the cost of running the agricultural enterprise and take care the natural environment at the same time. Feedback concerning the quantity of nutrients recovered by farmers may help fertilizer manufacturers to continue improving their products.

Latest technology

Farming today stands a chance of becoming a competitive sector of the economy on condition that it makes full use of the available knowledge and technologies. It is crucial to adapt the tools used in other businesses, for example soil mapping based on biomass content, or humidity measurements. Thanks to using online tools, it is possible to make one’s work easier and improve profits generated on the farm, but first and foremost enable the exchange of experience between agricultural manufacturers.

Based on Jacob Hansen’s talk at the 3rd Science – Business – Agriculture Conference
organized by “Puławy” Competences Center. The presentation took place on November 21st, 2013.

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Modern farming guarantees food supply safety

| Enviromental Protection |

Although agricultural production technology is highly developed in most European Union countries, there remains the need to implement new solutions to ensure food supply safety. The challenge is especially important seeing that in 2010-2012 the EU imported food constituting the equivalent of 30 million hectares of cultivated farmland, but exported only 5 million.

Promoting effective farms

The latest scientific research shows that focusing on the efficiency of agricultural production is one of the best methods preventing food shortages. Efficiency involves more harvested cereals, using modern equipment and pesticides, adequate choice and application of fertilizers, and using the most modern seeds. Thanks to productive agriculture, the EU might reduce the need to import food, boost the average income of the European farmer, and reduce carbon dioxide emissions.

We can do more together

One response to the current needs of European agriculture is creating an agrocluster. The idea was put forward by Grupa Azoty CEO Paweł Jarczewski at COPA COGECA Congress in 2012. The concept means connecting the potentials of companies manufacturing agricultural machines, pesticides, fertilizers, etc., of farmers and the food processing sector. This could bring about synergistic effect, which might help boost the efficiency of European farming and make it more competitive.

Knowledge is the key

In order to work towards efficiency and competitiveness, we need the know how concerning new technologies in agriculture. Knowledge will also bring about a change of mentality and more openness to the application of new solutions. Education of farmers may be done in agricultural counseling centers and places integrating the knowledge and experience of agricultural producers, representatives of industry and scientists acting together towards the creation of new, improved solutions. Competences Center established by Grupa Azoty “PUŁAWY” is an example of such initiative. Thanks to such activities, aiming at improving efficiency of farms and connecting potentials, the EU may be able to increase food supply safety levels on the continent.

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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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