On Saturday, 15 February, hosted by the Jagodina Public Library and within the award-winning project of the development of rural agricultural libraries, there were two lectures on modern cultivation of strawberries and cherries. The speaker was Dr. Mihailo Nikolić, a professor of fruit growing at the Agricultural Faculty in Belgrade.
The first lecture was hosted at the central library and the participants were strawberry growers and people interesting in this business. The audience was very attentive and took active participation in the discussion with the speaker. The lecturer highlighted that the region where Jagodina is situated- Pomoravlje is very suitable for strawberry growing and encouraged farmers to continue with their production, or to increase it, but also to connect with other producers so they can jointly offer their produce to fruit wholesalers.
After the lecture in the town, the Bunar library hosted a lecture on modern cultivation on cherries, for cherries growers from Bunar and neighboring villages, who had the opportunity to hear the prominent speaker talking about planting, growing, harvesting in modernized ways. The reading room of the Bunar library was too small to accept all farmers who were interested in this topic.
Both lectures were very useful for fruit growers in the Jagodina municipality, because of the open discussions after the lectures where the attendees could consult with the lecturer, hear good advise, examples, recommendations, etc.
Some of the participants in the lectures pointed out how they would never have a chance to talk to great experts directly if it weren’t for the library.
The aim of such lectures is to encourage farmers to start agribusiness or to improve their own farming methods.