The mission of the PUŁAWY Competence Center is to provide additional benefits to the agricultural market participants.

Puławy Competence Center as partner of XXIII Welconomy Forum in Toruń

Two days of debate, dialogue, realistic declarations and finest guests connected with business, science and politics – this could be a short description of Welconomy Forum, one of the biggest economic meetings in Poland, which took place in Toruń from 7 to 8 March 2016. This year’s edition focused on innovation in economy and science as well as on cooperation between the two branches. A special guest and the chairperson of the first plenary session was Professor Jerzy Buzek.

On the first day, one the most exciting discussions was the meeting entitled: “Fertilizers, Farmer, Science. Sources of creating the competitive superiority in agriculture”. The debate was led by Zenon Pokojski, PhD – coordinator in Puławy Competence Center and Vice President of Grupa Azoty Zakłady Azotowe Puławy. “One of our priorities is to remove the discrepancies in productivity, and in order to achieve that we need innovation. How do we perceive innovation? Is there space for it in Polish agriculture?” Doctor Pokojski asked the participants of the discussion.

According to Marek Zagórski, a Secretary of State in the Ministry of Treasury, innovation is the key to economic efficiency growth. “Undoubtedly, this is one of the biggest challenges we are facing. We need to be more effective and the use of innovative technologies is crucial. Agriculture today is highly innovative and investing in farms surely requires larger financial means,” emphasized Marek Zagórski.

Professor Janusz Igras, the Scientific Director in the New Chemical Syntheses Institute in Puławy and the head of Scientific Council in Puławy Competence Center, added that the best evidence that Polish scientists and entrepreneurs understand innovation very well is the precision agriculture. “We talk about intelligent fertilizers more and more often. The aim is to produce fertilizers adapted to the needs of plants and the quality of soil. We are aware of that and so such fertilizers are produced by the plants of Grupa Azoty. However, it is also important that farmers are provided with necessary knowledge, and this is what, among other things, the Competence Center does,” said Professor Igras.

The subject of education and counselling was continued by Doctor Ryszard Zarudzki, an Under-Secretary of State in the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. “As for the advisory centres for agriculture, they are elements of a bigger system and we want to adapt them to the current situation and that includes all organisational and legal structures. Agriculture today has various forms and so must have counselling. Science and transferring its developments to farmers are crucial for productivity improvement,” he said.

Doctor Engineer Jacek Ciubak, Chairman of the Management Board in Fosfan SA, when asked about the role of innovation in the field of fertilization, summarized the discussion by saying: “There is a lot that lies ahead of us and we do not even expect how much can still be done in the area of innovation.”

The organiser of Welconomy Forum is “Integration and Cooperation” Association, which was founded in the year 2000. This Association continues the tradition that was originally initiated by FORUM POLAND-WEST Association – the tradition of organizing economic conferences, which took place in Międzyzdroje (Poland) from 1996 to 2000.