The agricultural centers are training, demonstration and research institutions which contribute, in both countries, 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 (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.
In Kazakhstan, the Agricultural Centre (www.daz-kasachstan.net) is located in the north of the country. Training in the fields of agricultural technology, business management as well as plant and animal production have taken place for four years now. DAZ Kazakhstan is supported inter alia by the companies John Deere, CLAAS, Kuhn, Horsch and Bayer CropScience, as well as by the agricultural research agency 'KazAgroInnovazia' of the Kazakh Ministry of Agriculture.
Author: Gerhard Schmücker (original article in German), source: Nürtingen Geislingen University