Bečej, 31 May 2019 – Today’s traditional visit of students from the Austrian University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (Universität für Bodenkultur Wien, BOKU) is another example of fostering good relations and exchange of experience of MK Group and the Office of the Austrian Minister for Sustainability and Tourism and the Agricultural Attaché. This year, the academics from this University from Vienna had the opportunity to visit the crop fields of sugar beet, corn, peas, livestock farms of PIK Bečej and to gain an insight into the expertise, knowledge and professionalism of one of the leading agricultural production facilities in Serbia. During the visit, the academics got acquainted with the work of the vegetable processing plant and the cold storage of the factory Flora, and they have also visited the famous Fantast castle.
“We are pleased to welcome the representatives of the prestigious Austrian University and we are glad for having the opportunity to show these young people some of the standards and technologies that we apply everyday in the agricultural production. MK Group, together with its subcontractors, cultivates 265,000 hectares of land. Our member companies export together more than 500,000 tons of all cereals and oilseeds and at the same time represent the largest exporters of these raw materials in 2018 in Serbia. Only in the past 5 years, 85 million eur have been invested in the Agrarian Division. On the other hand, the exchange of knowledge with young colleagues and enabling students to acquire practical experience in production of the most important agricultural crops for us, represents the goal of the successful cooperation we have been achieving for years” stressed Strahinja Marjanović, MK Group’s Director of the Agrarian Division.
“Cooperation with MK Group and PIK Bečej lasts for many years. PIK Bečej is one of the leading companies in Serbia with the high standards of production. For this reason, we maintain regular contacts and develop a good business relationship, as confirmed by the previously organized visits of the high-ranking delegations – parliamentarians, scientists, farm owners and students. We are pleased that the students are enabled to become familiar with one of the leading agricultural production facilities in Serbiathanks to the cooperation between PIK Bečej and the University” said Dr. Christian Brawenz, the Austrian Agriculture Attaché.
Crop cultures that the students of the Austrian University have visited today were only a part of the crops of MK Group’s Agrarian Division which independently cultivates more than 15 different crops. From the total area cultivated by MK Group, 40% is under irrigation systems, which is significantly above the average in Serbia.
MK Group continuously cooperates with a number of higher education institutions in Europe and the world, therefore enabling students to gain an insight into a successful business model and acquire practical knowledge in the area in which they are being educated and which are at the same time the key business areas of this business system.