Rural Business Development

A Glimpse on the Sector of Rural Businesses in Bosnia and Herzegovina

The negative effects of urbanization on human lives stimulate rural development in many areas. Analysts confirm that general economic conditions, demographic changes, increased attention to "quality of life" and technological advances, specifically new modes of communication such as the Internet have all combined to boost significant business growth in many rural areas.

Rural areas are the main location for production of nature-based products and services. Businesses that operate in agriculture, forestry and fishing industries are the common ones. In addition to the important sectors of agriculture, rural areas also have a high share of tourism. Rural areas house travel service businesses in large number. Ethno-villages, nature parks and reserves and ski resorts are some examples of rural tourism businesses. Rural hospitality businesses attract hunting and fishing enthusiasts, hikers, bicycle and other races, and operate many small hotels, restaurants and bars.

By their nature, most rural businesses are smaller in scope and employ fewer number of people for operations. Even though the scope and magnitude of rural businesses depend on their locations, sectors and the economies they operate in, majority of rural businesses especially in underdeveloped and developing regions are smaller in size.  

 

ICESoS 2017 will give its participants a chance to learn more about rural businesses and the issues that surround them. Below, we brought together some organizations and operating rural businesses in Bosnia and Herzegovina to give a feeling of the subject area to our readers.    

Organisations Related to Rural Development

  1. Rural Development network, Istocno Sarajevo – https://www.ruralnamreza.ba
  2. Alterural – Association for the Development of Rural Tourism in B&H - alterural.ba
  3. Alterural is a non-profit organisation with the aim to develop, promote and professionally make stronger rural tourism in Bosnia and Herzegovina. It was founded in 2009. The Alterural Vision is to make rural areas in B&H populated, economically stable with the preservation of rural culture and resources.

  4. Organsko FBiH, Association of Organic Producers in Federation of B&H, Sarajevo - http://www.organskofbih.ba/o-nama/
  5. Environmental and Rural Research Development Organisation – ERRDO, Banja Luka - http://errdo.com/en/
  6. REDAH – Regional Development Agency for Herzegovina, Mostar - http://www.redah.ba/index.php/en/about-us.html
  7. Local Action Group Una-Sana - http://www.lag.ba/
  8. Bosper, Tuzla, non-governmental organisation for assisting agricultural producers and other acters active in rural areas development through agriculture programs and small business development - http://www.bosper.ba/
  9. Local Action Group – Devetak, Rogatica – http://lag-devetak.org/index.php/sadrzaj/jedna/9
  10. LIR Evolution, is a non-profit, non-governmental development, consulting and research agency, qualified to work on various aspects of economic development, environment management and protection and energy efficiency. - http://www.lir.ba/index.php/en/about-us
  11. LiNK Association is the largest association of undertakings in the Herzegovina-Neretva Canton, was established in 2001 to support the economic development of the region Herzegovina. Combines private entrepreneurs and companies which intend to start or improve their own business - http://www.linkmostar.org/
  12. UPIP Zepce, Association of Entrepreneurs and Employers Zepce - http://www.upipzepce.com/
  13. PLOD, Promotion of Local Development, Bihac Centre for promotion of local development is a citizens' association founded in 2007 with an aim to contribute to a faster and more efficient economic development and creation of a better business environment in the area ofBihac Municipality  and the Una-Sana Canton, as well as to ensure expert support to governmental, non-governmental and private sector in the process of development and EU integration. - http://www.plod.ba/

Ethno Villages in Bosnia and Herzegovina

  1. Ethno village Stanisic, Bijeljina
  2. Ethno beg village Bijambare
  3. Herzeg ethno village Medjugorje - http://www.etno-herceg.com/en
  4. Ethno household Ruzici
  5. Agroturizam Matusko, Neum, household
  6. Ethno village Cardaci, Vitez
  7. Eko-Fis Vlasic - eko-fisvlasic.ba
  8. The tourist village of Eko-FIS Vlasic is 1 km away from Babanovac.Eko-FIS Vlasic welcomes our guests all the year round. The village is made up in the way to attract nature- lovers during the winter and the summer offering its ski trails and numerous sport- recreational facilities.

  9. Village Umoljani, municipality Trnovo
  10. Village Lukomir, municipality Trnovo
  11. Horse riding club with accommodation, “Djeca Vjetra”, Donje Biosko - http://www.arapskikonji.com/index-3.html
  12. Ethno-Eco village “Raj u Raju” Konjic, village Idbar, - http://rajuraju.com/eko-village/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xJue9asWkbc
  13. Eco Village, Boracko Lake, near Konjic
  14. “Eco-village Boračko lake” d.o.o. was established in 2005. as a society for sports and recreational tourism, hotel and tourism and hospitality services and marketing. Eco-village is located on Boračko Lake and has access to the lake. It covers an area of over 40,000 m2 and is located approximately 22 km from the regional center of the town of Konjic. - http://ekoselo.ba/accommodations/

  15. Tourist complex Cardaklije, village Vrtoce, Municipality Bosanski Petrovac
  16. Ethno village Kotromanicevo, Doboj
  17. Village tourism Spasojevic, Doboj
  18. Bijele Vode, Hunting and tourist hub, Gorazde - http://www.bijelevode.ba/index.php?lang=en

A Sample of Agriculture and Food Processing Businesses in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Confectionery and Baking Industry

Meat Processing Industry

Dairy Industry

  • Inmer d.o.o., Gradacac, UHT milk, yogurt, sour cream
  • Mljekara Padeni d.o.o., Bileca, milk and milk products, http://www.padjeni.com
  • Saraj Milk d.o.o., Maglaj, milk and milk products
  • Mlijekoprodukt, Kozarska Dubica, milk reprocessing, http://www.mlijekoprodukt.com/

Coffee Processors

Processing of Fruits and Vegetables

Processing of Fruits and Vegetables

  • Baso d.o.o., Velika Kladusa, Pickles, raspberry, chestnut, strawberry, blueberry, https://www.baso.ba
  • Herzeg Med d.o.o., Trebinje, honey from herbs
  • OZZ Terraprim, p.o., Kakanj, Medicinal plants, raw materials for herbal teas, dried fruits

Production of Soft Drinks and Water

Wineries

  • Catena d.o.o. Vinarija Keza, Ljubuski, red and white wines, http://www.z-keza.com
  • Monako 2000 d.o.o., red and white wines, http://www.podrumostojic.ba
  • Podrumi Andrija d.o.o., wines
  • Stolacki podrumi d.o.o., Citluk, quality white and red wine
  • Vinarija Begic JSB, Ljubuski, zilavka, plavac mali
  • Vinarija Jungic d.o.o., Celinac, red and white wines
  • Vinogradi Nuic d.o.o., Ljubuski, red, white and rose wines, http://www.vinogradinuic.ba
  • Podrumi Manastira Tvrdos, Trebinje, http://www.tvrdos.com

Certified Organic Producers for EU Market in Bosnia and Herzegovina

  1. Andjelić d.o.o. Trebinje , Wild harvested herbs and berries organic, in conversion
  2. Agro Food d.o.o Sarajevo, Cultivated berries wild collected berries
  3. Boletus doo, 71240 Hadžici, Wild harvested herbs, berries and mushrooms
  4. Heko doo, Bugojno, Wild harvested herbs, berries and mushrooms, berries in conversion
  5. Insieme doo, Bratunac, Wild berries Juices and jams
  6. OPZ Srebrenica, Srebrenica, Raspberries, blackberries
  7. Mushroom doo, Čelinac, Wild harvested berries and mushrooms
  8. Natural Food doo, Sarajevo, Wild harvested berries and Cultivated berries (applicant)
  9. Esof doo, Donji Vakuf, Vegetables (applicant)
  10. Jure Zubak Derventa, Industrial and medical crops and cereals organic
  11. Filip Trivan, Bosansko Grahovo, Potato, garlic
  12. Aroma Organica, Livno, cereals, industrial and medical herbs, spices
  13. Gabiccini doo, Livno, Sunflower organic
  14. Herceg-Gala, Široki Brijeg, Immortelle
  15. Vitaroma doo, Ljubuški, Immortelle organic
  16. Sphere doo, Sarajevo, fresh vegetables
  17. Klas dd, Sarajevo, Pita, bread, Frozen wild berries
  18. Frost doo, Ljubuški, Immortelle in conversion
  19. Investor doo, Ilijaš, Fresh vegetables
  20. Svetlana Kotarevic, Bijeljina, Aronia in conversion
  21. Omnianatura doo, Janja-Bijeljina, Medicinal and aromatic plants in conversion
  22. Rada Stupar, Banja Luka, vegatables in conversion
  23. Agro Food, Kozarac, Vegatables in conversion
  24. Kolundžija Branislav, Dobrljin, aronia in conversion
  25. Alza Natura doo, Bugojno, Bean in conversion
  26. Starnet doo, Bugojno, Cultivated raspberry in conversion
  27. Ivan Mišetić, Ljubuški, Immortelle in conversion
  28. Agroproduction, Tešanj, vegetables in conversion
  29. Rubus doo, Gornji Vakuf, wild harvested berries and mushrooms applicant
  30. Flora d.o.o, Nevesinje, Wild harvested berries and mushrooms applicant

Certified Organic Producers for EU Market in Bosnia and Herzegovina

  1. Andjelić d.o.o. Trebinje , Wild harvested herbs and berries organic, in conversion
  2. Agro Food d.o.o Sarajevo, Cultivated berries wild collected berries
  3. Boletus doo, 71240 Hadžici, Wild harvested herbs, berries and mushrooms
  4. Heko doo, Bugojno, Wild harvested herbs, berries and mushrooms, berries in conversion
  5. Insieme doo, Bratunac, Wild berries Juices and jams
  6. OPZ Srebrenica, Srebrenica, Raspberries, blackberries
  7. Mushroom doo, Čelinac, Wild harvested berries and mushrooms
  8. Natural Food doo, Sarajevo, Wild harvested berries and Cultivated berries (applicant)
  9. Esof doo, Donji Vakuf, Vegetables (applicant)
  10. Jure Zubak Derventa, Industrial and medical crops and cereals organic
  11. Filip Trivan, Bosansko Grahovo, Potato, garlic
  12. Aroma Organica, Livno, cereals, industrial and medical herbs, spices
  13. Gabiccini doo, Livno, Sunflower organic
  14. Herceg-Gala, Široki Brijeg, Immortelle
  15. Vitaroma doo, Ljubuški, Immortelle organic
  16. Sphere doo, Sarajevo, fresh vegetables
  17. Klas dd, Sarajevo, Pita, bread, Frozen wild berries
  18. Frost doo, Ljubuški, Immortelle in conversion
  19. Investor doo, Ilijaš, Fresh vegetables
  20. Svetlana Kotarevic, Bijeljina, Aronia in conversion
  21. Omnianatura doo, Janja-Bijeljina, Medicinal and aromatic plants in conversion
  22. Rada Stupar, Banja Luka, vegatables in conversion
  23. Agro Food, Kozarac, Vegatables in conversion
  24. Kolundžija Branislav, Dobrljin, aronia in conversion
  25. Alza Natura doo, Bugojno, Bean in conversion
  26. Starnet doo, Bugojno, Cultivated raspberry in conversion
  27. Ivan Mišetić, Ljubuški, Immortelle in conversion
  28. Agroproduction, Tešanj, vegetables in conversion
  29. Rubus doo, Gornji Vakuf, wild harvested berries and mushrooms applicant
  30. Flora d.o.o, Nevesinje, Wild harvested berries and mushrooms applicant

Interesting videos

Alterural video about rural tourism

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sVX8x5G_Vhw 

Natural beauties of B&H breath taking

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5vAi2-s5JbI

Amazing Bosnia from the sky

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y0BQs-Qh5Qg

Bosnian landscapes amazing

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=goQMXfiS-dA