JURE GRMEK

1. Intro

Jure Grmek is from Koprivnik in Bohinj, small village, located in North-Western part of Slovenia in heart of Slovenian Alps and near Bohinj area – one of the biggest area of Slovenian mountain turism and center of Triglav national park, the biggest national park in Slovenia. Located in the southern slope of Pokljuka (wooded Apline plateau), at 1100 meters above sea level is also one of the highest located villages in the country. There is approximately 230 people living in the village. After the 2nd world war, the population has declined due to emigration and people who are still living in the village are mostly working in other places. The ones who are still engaged in farming activities, are mainly focusing on livestock and forestry.Jure Grmek has finished secondary and higher education in agriculture. He is the oldest child in his family. He is living with his parents and two sisters. The farm he is managing is small, mixture of livestock, agriculture, forestry and beekeeping as supplementary activity. Jure is aiming on developing activities for growing number of costumers and tourists that are visiting Bohinj, Pokljuka and Triglav national park.

2. Promoter Profile

Name Jure Grmek
Age 23
Gender M
Education Jure has secondary and higher education in agriculture. In his work on the farm and in the succession process he doesn’t work with advisory service that much. He gets the most helps from informal networking with people from agricultural environment and from his peers who are going through the same process as he is.
Marital status Single
Number of children 0

3. Farm Profile

Address Koprivnik v Bohinju 30, 4264 Bohinjska Bistrica
Farm Area in ha 12 ha
Date since when the family owns the farm For more generations.As far as he remember
Nº of workers on the farm (Family members) 1 (Full time) 4 (Part-time)
Nº of workers on the farm (Other than family members) 0

Farm description before succession

Before Jure took over the farm, it was mainly focused on livestock and forestry. Their main product was raw milk. They were selling it through agricultural cooperatives firstly, to dairy in Bohinj, and later to dairy in Kobarid, because the one in Bohinj had business problems. Form some time, they were breeding autonomous beef breed Cika, but they later switched to the Simental breed. The main profit they got from their forest, was from selling timber and firewood. They were also beekeepers, but were making honey mostly for their own use. Whole family was included in working on the farm for many generations. But the important decisions were always made by the official owner of the farm. In the past, they were not focused on direct selling to the final costumer, but was selling their product through agricultural cooperatives. Investments in machinery and buildings was limited to urgent matters.

FARM DESCRIPTION AFTER SUCCESSION

Jure will keep the main focus on livestock and forestry, in accordance to natural conditions and restrictions of farm location. He also sees possibility of development in an increased share of traditional agricultural crops that were historically present on every subsistence mountain farm. This crops are becoming more and more interesting for more demanding and informed consumers who are looking for traditional and local products. Jure had also increased number of bee colonies, so that honey can become one of the important commercial products. He would like to upgrade his milk production with his own processing into different dairying products. In forestry he seesadditional value and opportunity in the production and sale of charcoal. He is already connecting with charcoal burners from all over Europe. He would also like to divert attention from intermediaries to the final consumer. He sees the opportunity in tourists and visitors that are increasingly visiting the area.

4. Succession Process

Previous owner was Jure’s grandfather, after his death, Jure’s mother took over the farm. In addition to working on the farm, both his parents always had jobs outside their village. They started to think about the firm future ownership after grandfather passed away. His mother then took over the farm, but started thinking about transferring the ownership when there was “Early retirement” program still in action. The decision about Jure’s succession was made when he was between 18 - 20. Formal procedure is not finished completely, because Jure wants to wait until both his sisters are 18, so that there will be no unsolved issues about the inheritance and ownership rights.

Threats/Challenges

The biggest challenge is to pick up the right activity, that will provide profit in the future and will also meet owner’s wishes and notions about farming.

Jure is aiming on preserving and renewing traditions of the countryside, as well as strengthening connections with community.

Big challenge is also finding solutions about the inheritance and ownership rights among the siblings.

Jure is not financially burdened with succession taxes. Agricultural policy measurements are also giving him some benefits on calls from the rural development programs.

Main Training/Skills/Competences

Los cursos teóricos sirven, aunque a priori parezca que no. Se necesitan más cursos. Se necesita un curso adaptado a cada caso. Simulación real de tu caso. Necesidad de adaptarlos.

Cursos de comercialización, diseño y adecuación del producto a la demanda de mercado.

Conocimientos sobre fiscalidad, los detalles en las formas jurídicas impactan en la empresa.

Necesidad de acompañar el asesoramiento con un conocimiento básico. No siempre los asesores aportan. Importancia del asesoramiento experto y profesional para búsqueda de oportunidades.

 

"Every owner’s story is special. For every successful succession it is mostly important that the owner has joy and positive attitude towards farming and countryside. It is important that he is confident in his abilities and that he has strong support system in his family members. He has to be interested in technological and other developments in farming and has to follow trends and be understanding about his costumer needs. Farming is not for the ones who wants to earn a lot of money, but are not prepare to work very hard. The important aspect about owning the farm is also independence and autonomy in making important decisions about the farm."

JURE GRMEK 

5. Considerations, skills/competences and queries/questions.

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