HISTORY OF KGZS – Institute of agriculture and forestry Maribor
Our mission goes back to the year of 1894 when the forerunner of the Institute of Agriculture and Forestry Maribor, Agriculture chemical provincial trial station, established two year earlier, started working in Pristava. That was the time of the start of the industrial development of Lower Styria, which coincides with the construction of the southern railway from Vienna to Trieste. That was a challenge for agriculture and agricultural professional public, which started joining in with new findings, knowledge and technologies. The before established School of Fruit cultivation and Viticulture in Maribor and the developing Institute were the center of knowledge and education for the environment they were set into.
The Institute of Agriculture and Forestry Maribor is the oldest institute within the system of the Chamber of Agriculture and Forestry of Slovenia. With the Establishment Act of the Chamber of Agriculture and Forestry of Slovenia 2001, the ownership, status and organization is redefined. The Institute is given the founder KGZS and it becomes a public institute and indirect budget user.
Nowadays, the activity of the Institute is more and more growing out of regional borders and is being reinforced in the entire Slovenia. More often is also its presence outside Slovenia when talking about project work and joint work of cross-border cooperation.
Through time, the Institute lived through numerous historical events and transformations. However, the basic mission was preserved through enviable time - from the establishment in 1894 - and it developed its purpose successfully, that being education and transfer of modern technologies in agriculture. Numerous departments of public and marketing program developed the today’s institution to the level where we are growing into an educational service center in the region for the requirements of agriculture. The basic finding is that development can only be built on own natural as well as human resources. Here, the countryside and the urban part go hand in hand for necessary cooperation. We are given a wonderful Slovene landscape, which with its natural resources has always offered conditions for survival and prosperity to the Slovenian nation.
The development of the countryside and agriculture of today requires the alignment with the goals of sustainable development, which is based on taking into account economic, environmental and social functions of agriculture. In this way, the role of agriculture is put into a broader context as besides basic production function also the interdisciplinary role of agriculture for assuring goods, environment protection, welfare of animals, production of safe food and economic stability is considered.