Agrokor and the University of Tennessee sign Memorandum of Understanding
Mar 20, 2013
Agrokor and the University of Tennessee signed a Memorandum of Understanding in Zagreb for a period of five years with a view to initiating joint projects. The Memorandum was signed by Mrs. Ljerka Puljić, Senior Executive Vice President for Strategic Business Groups and Marketing, on behalf of the Agrokor Group and by Dr. Larry R. Arrington, Chancellor of the Institute of Agriculture, on behalf of the University.
The Memorandum is the result of an idea about synergy between academic and business sectors already proven through an exchange of knowledge and experience in the agricultural and food industry sectors between experts from the United States and companies within the Agrokor Group. The goal of this cooperation is to develop and gain practical knowhow and skills in branches such as livestock breeding, crop and vegetable farming as well as in branches related to the environmental segments and waste management in agriculture and the food industry.
The signing of the Memorandum is an additional breakthrough towards innovative solutions in agricultural production and a sign of clear dedication to R&D projects based on applied researches and an accelerated implementation of business decisions.
During the event, special emphasis was placed on the cooperation coordinators and the extreme importance of their role. Agrokor will be represented by Dr. Sc. Robert Spajić, B. Sc. Agr. from the Belje company, while the University will be represented by Prof. Dr. Sc. Robert T. Burns, Assistant Dean of the University’s Advisory Service. Both coordinators have expressed their pleasure at the Memorandum and stated that there were already projects that had been preliminary discussed and that this event would provide a strong impetus to undertake additional efforts in finding new tangible projects.
The Memorandum is a sign of significant expansion of cooperation between Agrokor and international academic communities aimed at finding new solutions and ideas. This also creates significant capabilities for Agrokor employees conducting researches to gain and apply new knowledge through the exchange of experts from specific areas of production.
The delegation from the University of Tennessee will visit PIK Vrbovec, Belje, Vupik, PIK Vinkovci and Agrokor Energija, companies of the Agrokor Group, during their stay in Croatia.