Bač, small place that has a lot to offer

The medieval fortress is very impressive, especially the central tower (donjon). You could contact the local tourist organisation if you wish to climb it and enjoy wonderful view. The fortress dates from late XIV century and was built to block invasion of the Turks. The colourful Bođani monastery from XV century features combination of decoration stiles and influences: Byzantine, Roman, Russian, German. Bač also has a deepest natural lake in Vojvodina suited for swimming (Provala), Franciscan monastery and Turkish bath. Since 2010 Historical place of Bač and its Surroundings are on tentative list of UNESCO World Heritage cites.

Beside cultural heritage and preserved nature, Bač has a lot of potential for development: fertile soil, skilled human resources, industrial zone, vicinity of highway, Danube and borders with Croatia and Hungary.

In the recent period Bač is putting stronger focus on preserving its resources and Norwegian embassy is happy for being able to assist them in this important work. Norwegian embassy supported 2 projects in this municipality that the embassy representatives visited yesterday.

Organic farming is way to make the most out of agriculture potential. Beside protecting the environment, organic food is more profitable, and demand for healthy food is growing. Thanks to the embassy grant, Center for Organic Farming Selenca established the first organic incubator farm in Serbia, where farmers-beginners in the last 3 years have all conditions to learn and practically do organic farming. Through a public concurs they could apply to participate in mentoring programme and learn the trade while their own land was undergoing conversion in the organic status. Through the programme they were supplied with land in organic status, greenhouses, irrigation system and all the equipment and planting material, as well as mentors who instructed them and followed their work. We learned that the project inspired similar initiative in the neighbouring Vukovar in Croatia. What is important is that participants were mainly women and young people, so this is a good model to employ vulnerable groups and retain young people in rural areas.

This winter another project in the Municipality of Bač was successfully completed: replacement of old heating boilers in 3 out of 10 public institutions with modern and more efficient and environmentally friendly heating systems. Kindergarten in Bac and primary schools in Selenca and Vajska got agro/wood pellet boilers and managed to reduce cost of heating by more than 30%. Boilers were bought from domestic producer  and pellet is also locally produced, from the agriculture waste mainly from soybean farming. Ambassador Bjornstad stated that this project illustrated “a win-win-win situation”.

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