The Agricultural Entrepreneurship Training Course


Within the scope of our project, in the city of Novo Mesto in Slovenia; "Agricultural Entrepreneurship Training" was held on 20-25 October 2019. Total of 17 young people  including six young farmers from Slovenia and Turkey, 5 young farmers from Greece  participated in this training.  have a, Aquaponic systems in Slovenia were also visited

The young people living in the province of Van showed great demand to participate in our training, and our participants were determined by a written examination in accordance with the criteria specified in our project. Our participants were chosen among applicants who have both English proficiency and an interest and experience in agricultural entrepreneurship.

The main goals of our education are;

  • • To enable our young people to understand the difference between entrepreneurship and agricultural entrepreneurship,
  • • Teaching more efficient farming techniques by cultivating value-added plants such as medicinal or aromatic
  • • To make them aware of the opportunities offered by agriculture at the international level,
  • • Understanding the impact of agriculture on the development of the social environment, rather than just being a means of economic income,
  • • To inform our youth that agriculture can be a remedy for youth unemployment by providing an international perspective,
  • • To inform about the needs of existing markets such as medicinal plant markets, which is the main theme of our project.
  • • Provide the opportunity to share their farming and agriculture visions with peers from other countries.

Training Content

Day 1

  •  • Some words about entrepreneurship – introduction to entrepreneurship
  •  • Keynote and introduction to aquaponics systems
  •  • Advantages and disadvantages in relation to current technologies
  •  • State of the industry and its contribution to young employment

Day 2

  •  • Aquaponic as a business
  •  • The market for aquaponics products
  •  • Biological requirement of fish and plants
  •  • Medicinal plants in aquaponic systems - chances of success
  •  • Species selection
  •  • Medical plants in aquaponics – prospects
  •  • How to prepare a good business proposal

Day 3

  • • Professional excursion to Koper, Portoroz, Ljubljana.

Day 4

  • • Reflection of the professional excursion – what we saw and what we learned
  • • How to prepare a good business proposal – continuation of previous work

Day 5

  • • Presentation of business plans of the participants

At the end of our 5-day training, our participants explored and learned;

  • - The difference between entrepreneurship and agricultural entrepreneurship,
  • - Various agricultural terminologies,
  • - The opportunities and advantages offered by agriculture,
  • - How to work collaboratively with young farmers from different countries,
  • - How to market their agricultural products abroad using various online tools,
  • - How various agricultural products are planted throughout the year without being dependent on climate change through the Aquaponic systems they have examined in Slovenia,
  • - The importance of professional harvesting methods,
  • - What kind of products and plants Europe needs,
  • - Seeds conservation methods,
  • - How to grow quality products to meet the needs of domestic and foreign markets,
  • - Contribution of agriculture to the total economy of a country,
  • - How to be aware of the opportunities offered by agriculture,
  • - The effect of agricultural activities on the improvement of the social sphere,
  • - The effect and importance of peer learning in this education,
  • - How to use their expertise, knowledge and experience correctly and effectively,
  • -The importance of tolerance towards people with different cultural and social characteristics,
  • - Agriculture can be a remedy for youth unemployment,
  • - On how to make more efficient agriculture by planting value-added plants such as medicinal or aromatic.


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