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Lejla Polimac Čizmo, Social Inclusion Investment Specialist at Sweden/USAID FARMA II Project, announced winner in the agriculture category

At yesterday's "Power of Excellence" awards ceremony organized by the Association of Business Women in Bosnia and Herzegovina representatives of agriculture sector were also awarded.

Devleta Pamukčić Mujabašić, Ruža Vlajković, Indira Omeragić, Sabina Zekić and Desanka Nikolić, Adela Vileš Bektaš, Ifeta Merjemić, Safeta Beganović, and Rubina Džanović were the finalists competing for the award.

The importance of supporting women's participation in agricultural development was emphasized by Lejla Polimac Čizmo.

“FARMA II, a project jointly funded by the USAID and the Government of Sweden, has developed specific support programs aimed at empowering women in agriculture across the country. All these activities encourage women to make the leap, educate themselves, start a business and take responsibility. I am proud to say that one-third of participants in our agricultural development programs are women and I believe that this number will grow in the future,” said Lejla Polimac Čizmo.

The winner at this category is Devleta Pamukčić Mujabašić, director of the Milk Land agricultural cooperative, which works with cooperants from the wider Tuzla region. Pamkučić Mujabašić is recognized for her support to farmers and cooperants.

"Our cooperative was founded in the summer of 2014, at the initiative of a group of dairy farmers who, due to their small production, were not interesting to the dairy industry. Today, we cover the wider Tuzla region, with 45 registered buying stations and daily production of over 15,000 liters of fresh raw milk. We buy milk from 955 registered farmers and are constantly working on increasing the livestock fund, expansion of farms and education of farmers,” said Pamukčić Mujabašić.

The key to the success of her cooperative lies in the fair relationship and cooperation with all producers in the community.

"The cooperative provides regular payments for our cooperants. We work with each person to identify what their needs are, what we need to work on, how to educate them, how to improve their results. Not only that, it is extremely important for farmers to visit large plants, go on study trips, and learn more about practices in the European Union. This is the only way we can grow and be competitive," noted Pamukčić Mujabašić.