Reasons behind the establishment of the School

The needs for our graduates are mostly conditioned by agricultural production of Mačva and Kolubara region and, more widely, Vojvodina and Republika Srpska (especially Semberija). Due to the School’s good reputation, our students still come from the republics of ex-Yugoslavia, which we are very proud of. Recently, a trend of enrollment of students from African countries has been noted. This trend was at its peak during the 1980s. The data on social and economic structure of the population of Mačva and Kolubara region and the relation between agricultural income and total income illustrates vividly the agricultural features of this region. Firstly, the percentage of agriculturally active population out of the total number of active population in Mačva and Kolubara region is 52%, whereas in the Republic of Serbia this number is 34%. Next, the percentage of the income from agriculture out of the total income in Mačva and Kolubara region is 43%, whereas it is 18.7% in the Republic of Serbia. Mačva and Kolubara region has a higher agricultural population density (the number of agricultural population per 100 hectare of agricultural land) – it is 43.9% more than in the whole territory of the Republic of Serbia. All these factors indicate that the School is located in an area with extremely high agricultural activity (the data for Srem and Semberija are similar).

With the return of land to private ownership, the conditions and needs for professionals who would work on their own real estates were created. Agricultural real estates are growing. The agricultural production practiced in these estates relies on the modern equipment and latest technologies and follows the European standards, which is a one more reason to educate young people in our School. The knowledge and skills gained here enable them to make products competitive with those that can be found on the European market.

The future of the School is built on the grounds of improving the quality of teaching and teaching staff, material reinforcement, continual innovations and creating relations with agricultural and similar organizations. The School has started organizing lectures to farmers, with the aim to educate them in the field of livestock farming, crop farming and plant protection. The ultimate goal is the creation of a safe and good quality product on one’s own land.