PETR KUNCL

1. Intro

The three hundred-year- old homestead of the Kuncl family is set in the central Vltava region. One hundred hectares of grassland in the local agricultural marginal area are used for organic cattle breeding. Meat processing and sale are done directly on the farm. Other activities include horse breeding, a dog grooming salon, organizing summer camps for children, and rental accommodations (two apartments). Traditional rural festivals are also held on the farm.

2. Promoter Profile

Name Petr Kuncl
Age 32
Gender Male
Education Secondary school.
Marital status Married
Number of children 2: 1,5 and 3,5 years old

3. Farm Profile

Address Brzina 7, Svatý Jan u Sedlčan, Příbram
Farm Area in ha 100 ha
Date since when the family owns the farm since when the family owns the farm: second half of the 18 th century
Nº of workers on the farm (Family members) He, spouse, father, mother (Full time) his sister and her husband (Part time)
Nº of workers on the farm (Other than family members) 0 (Full time) 0 (Part time)

Farm description before succession

The farm was managed by his father Vladimir Kuncl and his mother. They began farming on 22 ha and later expaned to 45 ha of land. As Petr Kuncl has been involved in farming since his childhood they were able to use two supporting programs for farm succession: “Young/starting farmers scheme” and “Early retirement sheme from farming”

FARM DESCRIPTION AFTER SUCCESSION

The two supporting programs helped them to enlage the size of the farm from 45 to 100 ha. They replaced older machinery, built new buldings introduced a wintering area, a dunghill, a pastoral area and built a cutting plant), increased the number of animals and began direct farm sale. Though the main work at the farm is now done by Petr Kuncl and his wife Lucie, his father Vladimir Kuncl and his wife are still actively involved in the running of the farm as well as a sister of Petr Kuncl and her husband. The satisfaction of the whole family after the succession has increased because of the many improvements they have made and the addtion of new activities on the farm. Nevertheless, a big share of satisfaction creates also a great interest of young Kuncl family into farming. They are constantly looking for new opportunities to enlarge the farm. For instance, they are planning to open their own restaurant.

4. Succession Process

His parents took over the mill and the farm between 1986 - 1991. Petr Kuncl was born in 1983, consequently (as is common) he has been involved in the management of the farm since his childhood. In order to be able to take care of the farm, he completed agricultural skills training through seminars at the agricultural secondary school. He also studied hotel management and artisanal blacksmithing. Farm succession was intiated in large part due two supporting programs. The first, for "Young/starting farmers" was used to purchase new machinery. The second subsidy title was “Early retirement from farming”, which provides means for older farmers to sustain their incomes in retirement. The ages of both the successor and the predecessor were prerequisites for eligibility in both programs.

Threats/Challenges

Good timing - if there are any subsidies/programs that could support the succession one should not hesitate to use them. Unfortunately, the program “Early retirement from farming” program was cancelled a few years after it was used by this family.

All difficulties or questions within the family should be discussed before the succession proccess starts, otherwise it can bring complications and misunderstandings due to small details.

Everybody should have a clear picture of what he/she wants to do after the succession.

Main Training/Skills/Competences

Knowledge in agriculture and knowledge in a specific field that one wishes to work in. He acquired, for instance, his agri-skills through seminars and studied artistanal blacksmithing. However, he learned the majority of things from his father to work at the farm together with his father (family) to learn the necessary.

Practical skills and knowledge - he had done it since his childhood, as he wished to take over the farm.

No other trainings were needed.

 

It is hard to advise other farmers because every situation is very individual. It depends on the relationships within the family and willingness of the older farmer to hand over his farm to the younger generation, as well as the willingness of the younger farmer to take the responsibility in oder to continue or expand activities of the farm. It is a great pity that currently older farmers can no longer use the “Early retirement from farming” program. Also, it is important to communicate all controversial issues/questions before starting the succession process (such as who will own what, what kind of work will each do and who will take care of what) so that everybody will know how the farm will function in the future.

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