Around 60 participants, unemployed persons from Sarajevo Canton, attended the launch of the school in the BiH Foreign Trade Chamber

This school is a project of the Federal Employment Bureau, BiH Foreign Trade Chamber and USAID/Sweden Fostering Agricultural Markets Activity (FARMA II).

While talking about the idea behind this school, the president of the BiH Foreign Trade Chamber, Mr. Bruno Bojic explained that this project should also influence the harmonization of the education system with the needs of the labor market in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Mr. Bojic also expressed his hope that the participants of this school will get valuable new experiences and receive adequate support to succeed in their agricultural projects. As for the agriculture itself, president Bojic highlighted that BiH has good quality products that are getting more and more space in the international markets.

The director of the Federal Employment Bureau, Ms. Helena Loncar said that the main role of the Bureau is to support all activities leading to greater employment, which is exactly what this project is all about. Ms. Loncar also added that Bosnia and Herzegovina still has a lot of unused potential in agriculture and that further investments are needed to achieve the desired level of development of rural areas.

Ms. Meriha Manojlovic, acting Chief of Party of USAID/Sweden FARMA project said that this is a wonderful activity related to education and employment of people in rural areas, which should certainly contribute to a higher success rate of the newly established businesses in agricultural production. „We are happy to be a part of this program and to provide assistance to farmers, which received support from the Federal Employment Bureau to start their own production and secure jobs for themselves and their families. USAID/Sweden FARMA II will provide technical assistance in order to support this project and contribute to sustainable employment in agriculture.” She also thanked the partners for cooperation and announced the possibility of implementing similar projects in other areas of the country.

The school will include lectures related to finance and accounting, business plan development, communication and sales skills, and understanding legal requirements for the functioning of a small business. In addition, USAID/Sweden FARMA II will provide technical trainings related to the production of berries, greenhouse vegetables, milk, bull fattening, cultivation of medicinal and aromatic plants, and beekeeping. After the theoretical part of the school, which will take place over the next two months, practical trainings in the field are also planned.