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  • Less than 5 students
  • up to 1 semester
  • English, Shqip

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New or existing agronomist decision-making for continues developing ‘Kaizen ’ of ‘sugar beet’ in Kosova(Resource ID: 328)

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The importance of understanding the primary research is an essential basis for further development of knowledge, however student will be developed their skill too. Therefore, this learning material aims to provide the platform on which student would understand the aggregate information on which current economic analysis is conducted within the individual and business environment. They will acquire the skill for developing a viable development of understanding the barriers and incentives of a new or an existing agriculturist for the sugar beets within Kosovo, ensuring that their plan is well founded on relevant research and academic underpinning. The benefits of their finding cannot be only considered as personal, since society can benefit too. The variables for the decision making to enable continues development for cultivating the sugar beets are: • New entry and existing agronomist; • Individual and business agronomist; • Building agriculture factory, then annexing the industry factory, by: individuals, businesses, public-private partnerships, or MNC through the FDI; • Final Products - molasses, rum, sugar, wastes to use as concentrate for cow-feed then by annex the alcohol for car fuel.

Since, ‘the history is repeatable’, and based on the history of Napoleon Bonaparte wars which mainly where concern to invade places with fertile lands that produce sugar, in view of the fact that the price of gold was equal to price of gold make this issue sustainable for the nearest future, not just in Kosova. 

 

According to Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Development (2004), Kosovo has 577,000 ha of agricultural land. From this surface (according to the same source) only 272,040 ha (47.1%) are lands planted with different plants, whereas another is the meadows, pastures and wastelands. From planted area dominate cereals. From all these surface 88.6% is privately owned.

Furthermore, around 30% of the total goods imported are food products, which is very troublesome since the land in Kosovo is flat and perfect for growing fruits and vegetables. Even more worrisome is the fact that despite a 10% customs tariff and 16% VAT, the imported food products remain cheaper than local products. With some assistance these products could be produced locally at a price that is lower than foreign competitor, but at the same time generate jobs and improve the welfare of citizens in Kosova.

 

Therefore, in a time when we have continuous global trade homogenization, the protection and/or support of local individuals and businesses to make their decision to plant the sugar beets will contribute to the development of the local economy as a whole. Moreover, the earnings within the country and contributes to the development of entrepreneurship and job creation. Faced with an incredible regional competition, local producers have decided to work together for a common goal – that is to establish a better relationship with the community in order to win favours and lobby for better governmental policies regarding their endeavours.

 

In order to improve their performance concerning Agronomist Decision-making for initial or continues developing continues ‘Kaizen’ of ‘sugar beet’ in Kosova, leaders of the food sector have contacted Universum College to conduct a field study regarding the products and services they offer in order to become more socially responsible not only to their clients, but to the society and environment as well.

 

You have been chosen to conduct a field study at potentials for Planting, Harvesting sugar beets , where you will spend 120 working hours within a 2 month period. You will observe closely the daily activities of agronomist and learn more about their strategic initiatives. During this period you are to work with the officer at the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Development in order to study and examine the shortcomings agronomist planning, and then visit the main landowner in the country and find out the requested incentives and barriers towards Planting, Harvesting the sugar beets and also the necessity of the agronomic and industrial factory.  In the end of the field research, you are to produce a report with your findings and the recommendation that the agronomist and ministry could undertake to improve position concerning the Planting, Harvesting and producing the final products. The final report will also be presented in front of other students and representatives of ministry and agronomists that take part in the survey.

Integration of Social Stakeholders
Agronomists are involved in the seminar as active partners – students have the possibility to get in direct contact with relevant officers and challenges in implementing sustainability development of sugar beets. The agronomists would benefit from the collaboration as well as they receive external, fresh and creative perspectives on their activities by the students and recommendations about their sustainability with continue developments through the right decision making.
Strength
– Active learning experience for students
– Mutual learning for students
– Students think about their own opportunities and responsibility in the context of global change
– Development of critical thinking skills
– Students will learn how to use statistical tools to analyse data.
Weakness
– Agronomist must agree to discuss their own development plan and problems with students.
– Great number of hours needed to successfully finish the report, thus, there is a risk of lack of commitment by students.
Learning Outcomes
– LT1: Understand broader knowledge of agriculture, respectfully the Planting, Harvesting, and using them as the input (raw material) of the sugar beets for producing different products such as: molasses, sugar, rum up to the industrial alcohol;
– LT2: Critically analyse different types incentives and barriers towards the decision making that influences a agronomist and how they use to lead them to cultivate the sugar beets;
– LT3: Offer constructive information on what should changes into the cultivate the sugar beets are, not only concerning the profitability, but also environment and community;
– LT5: Research independently
– LT6: Writing a research-type report and presenting to the given ministry and agronomists by the end of the project.
Relevance for Sustainability
– Encouraging sustainable innovation within the agronomist and ministry officers
– Community involvement – agronomist
– Stimulation of local production and reduction of unemployment, thus, increasing social welfare.
Related Teaching Resources
– Students must have successfully passed ECON I and ECON II and Research Methods with basic knowledge of logistics. – SPPS or other statistical tools like Excel, Stata, etc.
Preparation Efforts
Medium
Preparation Efforts Description
– Students will partake in 2 lectures of 2hrs each. Furthermore, students will partake in a public lecture by Kosovo Minister of Agriculture. – This assignment is divided in two parts – classroom participation (3 lectures of 2hrs each) and 120hrs of fieldwork, where 20 are spent at Ministry of Agriculture and 80hrs of field research.
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Free
Assessment
This assignment is worth 30% of the total grade.
Credit/Certification Description
6 ECTS
Funded by
This teaching resource, realised within the project ConSus, has been funded with the support of the TEMPUS of the European Union. The contents reflect the views of the authors, and the European Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

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Ardian Uka
ardian.uka(at)universum-ks.org
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