The all-Russian educational project “Farmer School” was launched by Rosselkhozbank and the Ministry of Agriculture of the Russian Federation in 2020. The long-term goal of the program is the development of the Russian farming industry and its systemic support. Professional training of future employees of the Russian agro-industrial complex was provided by the sector’s leading specialists.
The unique opportunity to realize oneself in the agricultural sphere was given to both actual Russian farmers and those who just passed the training in the specialized educational institution.
In May 2021, the educational project produced its second class’s graduates. By that time, the School had over 460 students in attendance. The training program was concluded with practical exercises.
Being one of the most successful domestic representatives of the agro-industrial sector, ECO-Culture holding became the project’s ambassador. The company offered access to its production facilities for practical classes and the company’s specialists shared their experience and knowledge with the students. The holding’s leading employees became true greenhouse mentors for future agrarians and demonstrated the achievements of the industry on the example of “Mariinskiy” greenhouse complex operating in Stavropol Krai.
The agricultural company’s specialists were pleased to share their experience with the students. Using specific examples, they showed the audience how technological processes are controlled at modern indoor vegetable production facilities, what kind of problems the employees have to solve, as well as how to maximize the enterprise’s productivity.
During a comprehensive guided tour around “Mariinsky” complex, novice agrarians tested the most modern technologies of planting seed material, studied the peculiarities of growing different crops, mastered the principles of optimization and planning of production processes. Special attention was paid to commercial issues – it’s not just a moral satisfaction that a farmer has to work for but a stable income, too.
According to Alexander Rudakov, the President of ECO-Culture holding, educational projects of such level in the agro-industrial sphere are nothing but a logical response to the growing interest for agriculture in the country. What “Farmer School” did was provide entrepreneurs and students with a unique opportunity to raise their professional level, learn practical skills, and acquire invaluable experience from the leaders of the industry. The company sees participation in such programs as a socially important mission and is ready to keep supporting such endeavors in the future.
Farming is not just a profession but a way of life, too. It is hard yet indispensable work, which requires an enormous amount of effort, knowledge, and time. The farmer movement really needs systematic support. What’s good about such projects as “Farmer School” is they do not only raise the prestige of the profession but work for the well-being of the entire country as well.