About the founders
The Association of Agro Clusters of Serbia was founded by three institutions: “Product Exchange” Novi Sad, “Institute of Economics of Agriculture” Belgrade and University “Educons” Sremska Kamenica.
The “Product Exchange” was established in 1958 by the Government of the Republic of Serbia. Through its long existence, the stock market worked on economic principles and aimed at improving trade in goods, and above all agricultural products. Today, the stock market has 150 members, from agricultural holdings, through warehouses, traders, to processors and exporters. In day-to-day communication with them, the Stock Exchange initiated the establishment of the “Agro Cluster of Serbia” with the aim of improving the business environment in the field of agro-industry in the Republic of Serbia.
The Institute of Agricultural Economics was founded in 1949. During its existence, as one of the oldest and most prestigious scientific research organizations in the country’s agriculture sector, it has continuously monitored the economic problems of the agrarian sector, analyzing them and providing suggestions for the successful development of this important sector of the national economy. Initially, most of the activities of the Institute were related to the work carried out for the needs of the then Agriculture Council, and then the cooperation with cooperatives and combines was established, and intensive field and scientific research began. Experts from the Institute will use their experience and knowledge to help the economy and other institutions through the cluster to find quality solutions for the agro sector.
University “Educons” in Sremska Kamenica, founded in 2008. A young university that based its work on modern foundations and education of students in order to meet the needs of the modern market. The Educons University has 11 faculties, and education of students in the field of agriculture, IT and project management are just some of the segments that will help the work of the Cluster. Also, the proficiency of professors from this University will be used for the purpose of quality education of cluster members.
All three institutions, as founders of cluster capacities, subordinate to the creation of quality support for the work of the cluster itself. Contacts and cooperation agreements have been established with representatives of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management, the Secretariat for Agriculture, Water Management and Forestry of the AP Vojvodina, the Serbian Chamber of Commerce, the Chamber of Commerce of Vojvodina, numerous other specialized associations in the field of agriculture and above all businessmen. Everyone expressed a positive attitude and readiness for cooperation, stating that a cluster of this type is extremely necessary.
The Association is established to achieve the following objectives:
– Improvement of mutual cooperation;
– Identification of common problems of producers, traders and processors in the agrarian market;
– Representing common interests before state institutions;
– Joint work on projects of introduction of modern technologies in the processes of production and marketing of agricultural products;
– Establishing a legal and institutional framework for the development of the agrarian market;
– More efficient linking with EU funds and assistance in project implementation;
– Education in the field of innovation in agriculture.
The association was founded for an indefinite period, in order to achieve goals in the field of advocacy for the improvement of agricultural production, improvement of knowledge and skills of experts in the field of agriculture.