Banca Intesa declares winners of 2017 Intesa Farmer awards

Banca Intesa has declared the winners of this year’s Intesa Farmer Awards for the best agricultural producers at the ceremony attended by the Minister of Agriculture, Branislav Nedimovic and the bank’s executives.

Robert Szilagyi from the village of Bajsa won the first place in the category Intesa Cattle Breeder, while Vladimir Ostojic from Sremska Mitrovica is the winner in the Intesa Arable Farmer category. Dusan Petrovic from Gospodjinci is the winner in the Intesa Vegetable Grower segment, while Zorica Kovacevic from Cerevic is the best fruit grower. Other winners include Stevica Markovic from Brestovac near Leskovac in the Slow Food category.

The winners will go on a study trip to the 2018 International Agricultural Fair Agritech that will take place in Tel Aviv from 8th to 10th May, 2018.

“This year, the Intesa Farmer competition is celebrating a small jubilee – five years since its launch. During this period, we have tried to promote exceptional producers and share their successes with a wider public thus additionally boosting agricultural development. On the other hand, we have been constantly expanding our product offer, in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture, particularly in the subsidized loans segment, as well as adapted our interest rates to the ongoing market rates”, said Draginja Djuric, Chairwoman of Banca Intesa’s Executive Board.

Over 600 agricultural producers submitted their application for the 2017 Intesa Farmer competition. The winners were picked by a special jury that took under consideration the applicants’ annual production results, the size of their own warehouses, the involvement of family members in the entire production process, and their cooperation with Banca Intesa.

There were additional criteria applied in the Intesa Arable Farmer category such as implementation of modern and energy efficient machinery, while in the Intesa Fruit Grower category, the additional criteria pertained to the used irrigation system, hail protection and having certified seedlings.

The jury comprised of Director of Banca Intesa’s Small Business Sector, Predrag Milenovic, Director of Banca’s Intesa Agriculture Office, Djordje Radulovic, Sponsorship, Donations and Events Department Manager at Banca Intesa, Vojislav Zivanovic, President of Slow Food Convivium in Serbia, Biagio Carrano, and Editor-in-Chief of Agrobiznis magazine, Goran Djakovic.

(Blic, 31.10.2017)


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