Austrian Company sharing experience and knowledge with a Moldovan peer

On 1st of February 2020 the Austrian company BAG Ölmühle BetriebsgmbH hosted the founder of its Moldovan peer OLSEG – VT Ltd., a local extruding company that had recently invested in crushing equipment, to lay the cornerstone for the first soybean crusher operating in Moldova.  

This was a unique possibility for Moldovan processor to visit a similar entity, which had installed brand new equipment about a year ago and therefore could share the most relevant knowledge and experience with the Moldovan fellow.

Back in 2011 BAG Ölmühle BetriebsgmbH acknowledged its responsibility in establishing a GMO-free food and feed production and had set a clear sign when it adapted its extraction processes to European, GMO-free soybeans. This decision was taken against the background of the wish for an independent protein supply within Europe. Being Austria´s largest soybean oil mill, the company have since then played an important role in providing consumers with non-genetically modified, regional goods. Apart from technology and cost-effectiveness, that would be an invaluable experience to be shared with a new soybean crusher established in Europe.

Another important lesson the Moldovan company will bring home is that given the local production facilities the new plant will be able to support and promote the domestic cultivation of soybeans and offer the local farmers reliable trading opportunities for their valuable field crop. Establishing long-term business relations with local producers and striving for trustful and innovative partnerships with the suppliers and customers is very important and both Austrian and Moldovan companies are committed to it.

The visit was organised in the framework of the European Union financed project "Increasing the competitiveness of the agri-food sector by integrating the internal and global value chains, especially in the soybean culture sector", implemented by the Austrian Development Agency (ADA) in partnership with Donau Soja Austria and Pro Didactica Educational Center.