Institute of Agricultural and Food Industry Economics was founded in 1971 through integration of the former Institute of Agricultural Economics, based in Sarajevo, with the Faculty. The work area of the Institute are creation, application, transfer of knowledge and information, creating innovative solutions and sharing of experience, which is the basis for the promotion and encouragement of productive cooperation between all actors of society. These are the basis for strengthening the capacity of each individual for successful and creative finding of solutions for rapid development of agriculture and food industry. Establishing the foundations of a stable, sustainable, environmentally sensitive development of rural communities based on the local culture and tradition and the entire Bosnian society is among the basic aims of the Institute's regular activities.

The mentioned objectives are framework for some of the Institute's activities such as:

-An internationally recognized scientific-research work in the fields of creation and implementation of public policy, social transition and European integration of the sectors of agriculture and food industry;

-Research of international trade, institutional economics, markets and marketing of agricultural and food products, management in agriculture and food industry, calculations in agriculture and food industry, investments, project management, quality management and rural development;

-Establishment of an internationally compatible system of lifelong education in the area of agribusiness economics for all interested groups of the society;

-Creation, implementation and evaluation of development projects and programs contributing to the progress of the sector, as well as rural communities and the entire B&H economy. The Institute does not lag behind the modern scientific achievements and current events in the sphere of agriculture economics. This is confirmed through leadership of the Institute in numerous projects on the local scene as well as in respectable projects like EU PHARE, TEMPUS, FP6, FP7 and FAO projects.


The Institute's research staff


Ph.D. Vjekoslav Selak, Full Professor(Emeritus);

Ph.D. Hamid Bogućanin, Full Professor(Emeritus) - Costs, calculations and accounting;

Ph.D. Sabahudin Bajramović, Full Professor - Farm Management, Rural Development;

Ph.D. Aleksandra Nikolić, Associate Professor - Agribusiness management; Industry and company competitiveness, Public policies and transfer of knowledge, Foreign trade performance of BH agribusiness, Safety and Quality Management in food industry, Quality perception and consumers behaviour, Quality management in high education and R&D;

Ph.D. Dragana Ognjenović, Associate Professor - Investments planning in agriculture, Investments planning in food industry; Alejna Krilić, Senior Assistent - Marketing of agricultural products Marketing; Vedad Falan, Senior Assistent - Costs, calculations and accounting; Merima Makaš, Senior Assistent - Agricultural policy with legislation ; Emir Bećirović, Senior Assistent - Farm Management, Business Analysis, Rural Development;

The Institute covers the following disciplines: Pedology, Ecopedology, Irrigation, Landscaping, Agrochemistry, Inorganic chemistry, Organic chemistry, Biochemistry, Physical chemistry, Food chemistry, Instrumental chemistry, Food biochemistry, Environmental protection in the food industry, an Management of water quality in the food industry . During many decades the Institute's staff participated in numerous researches in the domain of land an water issues.

Here are some of the researches:

-Physical-chemical and genetic characteristics of soils on the territory of Bosnia and Herzegovina, with special emphasis on heavy-clay and skeletal soils;

-Drainage of heavy soils and introduction of new working methods in hydro-pedological research;

-Soil-water balance, evapotranspiration and soil influence on the water balance;

-Water erosion and surface runoff;

-Skeletal land, their properties, and measures to increase their fertility;

-Ingredients leaching from the soil in stationary conditions by lysimeter studies;

-Optimal plant water requirements;

-Causes and effects of soil degradation, and measures for their re-cultivation;

-Causes and consequences of erosion processes in the karst fields;

-Causes of endemic nephropathy;

-Control of soil fertility;

-Anthropogenic degradation of soil and water and remediation;

-Organic agriculture – environmental aspects and legislation.

In addition to participation in education process at the Faculty the Institute has a significant role in scientific and technical research in a number of disciplines:

- Studying of soil forming and its genesis, evolution, classification, morphology, physical, water-physical, physical-mechanical, and chemical properties;

- Application of GIS in the development of thematic maps for the purposes of classification, planning, and protection of land;

- Research of soil fertility (supply with macro- and micronutrients), fertilization of crops and organic fertilizers, and plant nutrition and physiology;

- Studying of evapotranspiration, soil moisture deficits, and influence of irrigation regimes on the yield and quality of economically important crops;

- Studying of soil erosion and conservation measures;

- Studying of soils' drainage systems;

- Studying of physical and chemical soil-water-plant interactions;

- Chemiluminescence and its application in the field of environment;

- Primary metabolism and metabolism of trace elements in plants and domestic animals and

- Food contaminants.


The Institute's research staff


Ph.D. Hamid Čustović, Full Professor - Soil Science, Ecopedology, Pedogeography;

Ph.D. Jasminka Žurovec, Associate Professor - Land reclamation;

M.Sc. Mirza Tvica, Senior Assistant - Pedology;

Ph.D. Melisa Ljuša, Assistant Professor - Sustainable land management;

M.Sc. Sabrija Čadro, Senior Assistant - Land reclamation, Melioration;


prof. dr Esma Velagić-Habul, Full Professor(Emeritus) - Chemistry;

prof. dr Zilha Ašimović, Associate Professor - Biochemistry;

prof. dr Enisa Omanović-Mikličanin, Associate Professor - Applied chemistry in agriculture and food technology;

prof. dr Hamdija Čivić, Associate Professor (external associate) – Plant nutrition;

Ph.D. Josip Jurković, Assistant Professor - Chemistry; Lejla Oručević, Senior Assistant - Biochemistry, Food biochemistry;


Olgica Gmaz, Laboratory staff;

Džemila Dizdarević, Laboratory staff;

Amira Pobrić, Laboratory staff;

Lejla Kolašinac, Laboratory staff;

Before the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina (1992-1995), the Institute for Mechanization in Agriculture used to be incorporated in activities of all organizational units of the Faculty. That time the Institute, besides mechanization in agriculture, covered research and studying fields closely related to mechanization such as: basics of mechanical engineering, basics of thermodynamics, technical drawing, etc. Most of the Institute's activities were going on the Faculty's Experimental field and centre for mechanization in agriculture on Butmir near Sarajevo. Unfortunately, warfare totally destroyed all buildings and equipment located on Butmir and caused significant outflow of personnel.

Thanks to the strenuous efforts of the Faculty and great support of the Government of the Republic of Slovenia the Centre for mechanization in agriculture was renewed and put into function in year 2000.

Activities of the Institute covered three interconnected areas: education, scientific and research work and services with cooperation with businesses. The Institute and its members are involved in activities carried out by the Network for Advanced Education in Agricultural Engineering in South-Eastern Europe. In the last 15 years the Institute designed and implemented a number of projects on renewal of agro machinery in Bosnia and Herzegovina, introduction of irrigation systems on agricultural experimental fields, assaying of agricultural machinery, use of advanced techniques in plant protection and irrigation, tec.

The Institute's research staff:

Ph.D. Selim Škaljić, Associate Professor - PoAgricultural Machinery;

Ph.D. Nermin Rakita, Assistant Professor - Agricultural machinery;

Dino Mujanović, Laboratory staff;

Sead Sinanija, Porter;

Institute of crop husbandry was established in 1960 within Department for crop husbandry and it was supposed to cover research topics varying from basic crop husbandry to plant physiology. Educational and research activities of the Institute has been taking place at the Faculty and its laboratories and experimental polygons on Butmir, Gvozno, Bojnik, etc.

The Institute of crop husbandry is specialized in the following fields:

-Design and implementation of research projects in the field of: plant genetic resources, plant breeding and selection, ecological conditions and influences of global climatic changes on crop production, and development and application of new technologies in crop production;

-Crop seed quality control (registered laboratory for seed quality control);

-Assaying of domestic and introduced crop varieties and hybrids; and

-Consulting services to interested legal and natural persons.

The Institute has developed extensive cooperation with agricultural organizations, especially in the field of science and technology transfer into agricultural practices. Some members of the Institute created new crop varieties. For a number of years the Institute is actively involved in collecting and preservation of crop, vegetables and fodder gene-funds. The institute is proud of its long time research and valuable results in the field of allelophaty. Together with the Academy of Sciences and Arts of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Weed Science Society of Bosnia and Herzegovina the Institute publishes the research journal 'Herbology'.

The Institute's research staff

Ph.D. Senija Alibegović-Grbić (Emeritus), Full Professor(external associate) - Krmno bilje;

Ph.D. Ševal Muminović, Full Professor – Crop Production;

Ph.D. Drena Gadžo, Associate Professor – Arable Farming, Industrial Crops

Ph.D. Lutvija Karić , Associate Professor – Vegetable production;

Ph.D. Muamer Bezdrob, Assistant Professor – Forage crops and grasslands;

M.Sc. Senad Murtić, Senior Assistant – Botany, Plant physiology;

M.Sc. Teofil Gavrić, Senior Assistant – Field crops;

Jasmin Grahić, MA, asistent;

Nedim Kalaba - Laboratory staff;


Production and distribution of food, including agricultural products, fishery and related activities, are the biggest and the most important economic activity in the today's world. Health and welfare of all people depends on yields of agricultural crops and their adequate storage, appropriate processing, and safe manipulation with all kinds of food. These, and many other activities leaning on them, require qualified and competent specialists who can take over their role in an increasingly sophisticated system of food production and trade. The Institute has developed and continues to develop study programs that will educate professionals trained for all tasks in modern food production.

In more than 30 years of its existing, the Institute was a place for development of scientific and technical ideas, and through its scientific research, teaching and professional activities has grown into the leading institution of its kind in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The special comparative advantage of the Institute is the fact that it was born at the Faculty of Agriculture which, at that time, had had a respectable reputation and experience, both in training of agricultural experts and in the domain of scientific research in nearly all fields of agricultural sciences.

The Institute for Food Technology through integration of education, scientific-research and technical cooperation tries to participate in application of science and engineering in processing, preservation, packing, distribution and use of food products. Members of the Institute jointly and each in her/his field of specialization are engaged in scientifically objective explanations of chemical, physical and microbiological properties of food and application of gained knowledge in efficient and economically rationale use of raw materials, improvements of processing, package and storage of food respecting principles of sustainable development and environmental protection. Besides incorporation of the latest scientific achievements into educational process at the Faculty, the Institute sees further increasing of cooperation with food industry in Bosnia and Herzegovina and international research institutions as its important and continuous tasks. Through its function at the Faculty as well as with its wider social responsibility the Institute proudly emphasizes its participation in a number of activities which secure production of high quality and safe food.

The Institute's personnel is at disposal to industry, researchers and especially students of all grades, whose high competencies in the field of food science and technology could be built only with meaningful combination of studying and research.

The Institute's research staff

Ph.D. Ahmed Smajić, Full Professor – Technology of animal products, Nutrition;

Ph.D. Sonja Bijeljac, Emeritus, Full Professor(external associate) – Standardization and control of food products;

Ph.D. Zlatan Sarić, Full Professor – Dairy Science;

Ph.D. Selma Čorbo, Associate Professor – Technology of oils and fats;

Ph.D. Milenko Blesić, Associate Professor – Fermentation technologies;

Ph.D. Asima Akagić, Associate Professor – Technology of plant origin food products;

Ph.D. Sanja Oručević, Associate Professor – Technology of plant origin food products;

Ph.D. Nermina Spaho, Associate Professor – Fermentation technologies;

Ph.D. Nermina Đulančić, Associate Professor – Tobacco manufacturing and tobacco processing;

Ph.D. Halil Omanović, Associate Professor, (external associate)- Nowledge and control of raw materials of animal origin;

Ph.D. Amir Ganić, Assistant Professor – Technology of food products of animal origin;

Ph.D. Enver Karahmet, Assistant Professor – Food hygiene; Aquaculture and fish processing and controlling;

Ph.D. Sabina Operta, Assistant Professor – Food products of animal origin technologies;

Ph.D. Jasmina Tahmaz, Assistant Professor – Unit operations in food processing; Technology of readymade food;

M.Sc. Tarik Dizdarević, Senior Assistant – Dairy science;

M.Sc. Mersiha Alkić-Subašić, Senior Assistant – General and Food Microbiology;

M.Sc. Almir Toroman, Senior Assistant – Standardization and quality control of the food;

M.Sc. Lejla Spiljak, Senior Assistant – Technology of bee products;

Mirela Smajić, Assistant, Engineer of Agricultural and Food Sciences – Fermentation technologies;

Mirsad Cerić, Laboratory staff;

Nermina Džanović, Laboratory staff;



The Institute has been is engaged in numerous activities, among which should be mentioned a very close business-technical cooperation with businesses in the area of fruit and grape production. It is important to stress creation and implementation of a number of projects in fruit and grape production which are in line with principles of modern domestic and international technologies.

All the time from its establishing the Institute, together with other organizational units of the Faculty, worked on various projects, especially on those treating the use of available land and water resources, selection of suitable equipment and the construction of capacities in the field of horticulture. In this way the Institute's staff in the full sense of the word has been transferring their theoretical knowledge into real production practices and thereby contributed to the improvement and modernization of fruit and grape production in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Special interests of the Institute staff have been multi-year projects of clone selection of vines and fruit trees, which resulted in the recognition of two cultivars named Korajka and Bosanka. The Institute took an important place in the area of introduction and checking the quality of the introduced varieties of fruit trees and vines. Remarkable attention has been paid to the development and modernization of berry fruits and fruit nursery production in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The Institute personnel and modern equipment allow its involvement in a number of activities necessary for the agricultural complex and the overall community. In other words, the Institute is capable to create, design, execute and monitor the most complex objects in the field of fruit and grape production in Bosnia and Herzegovina and abroad.

The short list of the Institute's activities includes:

- Organization of educational process at all levels at the Faculty and

- Scientific and research work in the fields of fruit growing, viticulture, horticulture and plant breeding;

- Quality control of fruits, grapes and fruit and vine nursery materials;

- Projects in the fields of fruit growing, viticulture, horticulture and plant breeding;

- Expertises in the fields of fruit growing, viticulture, horticulture and plant breeding

  The Institute's research staff:

Ph.D. Mirsad Kurtović, Full Professor – Oplemenjivanje biljaka;

Ph.D. Tatjana Ljujić-Mijatović, Full Professor (external associate);

Ph.D. Senaid Memić, Full Professor (external associate);

Ph.D. Agan Kojić, (Emeritus), Full Professor – Vinogradarstvo;

Ph.D. Pakeza Drkenda, Associate Professor – Specijalno voćarstvo;

Ph.D. Jasna Avdić, Associate Professor – oblast: Floristika i pejsažno oblikovanje;

Ph.D. Fuad Gaši, Associate Professor – oblast: Oplemenjivanje biljaka;

Ph.D. Fikreta Behmen, Assistant Professor – Opšte voćarstvo;

Ph.D. Mersija Delić, Assistant Professor – Vinogradarstvo sa ampelografijom;

M.Sc. Osman Musić, Assistant - Specijalno voćarstvo;

M.Sc. Adnan Maličević;

Zdenka Vareškić - Laboratory staff;



Intensive phytopatological and entomological research in Sarajevo began with the establishment of the Institute of Phytopatology in 1919, which had its influence to the further funding of plant protection disciplines at the Faculty. From the very beginnings, besides plant protection specialists, the Institute members were microbiologists. In addition to participation in the educational process, the Institute has an important role in scientific-research work and cooperation with industry in the field of identification and control of harmful biological agents (pathogens, pests and weeds). Studies of the distribution, morphological, ecological and biological characteristics of the economically important and quarantine harmful organisms and the related determination of control practices were among significant researches which had direct impact on raising of crop production. Significant scientific and technical contributions of the Institute are monitoring of quarantine harmful organisms, development and implementation of methods and models of plant protection, development and implementation of reporting models and forecasting services, initiatives for the establishment of professional associations and active participation in organization and work of conferences in the field of plant protection.

Research work of the Institute is oriented to:

- Safe and efficient system of diagnosis and identification of harmful organisms;

- Study of life cycle and dissemination of pathogens, pests and weed species;

- Risk assessment of quarantine pathogens, pests and weed species;

- Development and implementation of control strategies of harmful biological agents, with the desire to promote environmentally friendly pesticides in integrated production;

- Development and implementation of strategies for biological control of harmful organisms.

Among others, the regular Institute's activities are:

- Organizing of training courses and continuing education of professionals, farmers and other stakeholders in plant protection,

- Providing consultancy services to interested institutions and individuals from its professional field, and

- Promotional publishing.

The Institute's research staff

Ph.D. Josip Čolo, Full Professor - Microbiology;

Ph.D. Nedžad Karić, Associate Professor - Agricultural entomology;

Ph.D. Saud Hamidović, Assistant Professor - Microbiology;

M.Sc. Sanel Haseljić, Senior Assistant - Plant protection;

Arnela Okić, MA, Assistant;

Senad Cerić, Laboratory staff;

With the aim to improve animal agricultural production Institute of Animal Breeding and Husbandry organizes, implements and applies current scientific achievements in the fields of animal genetics and selection, animal breeding, animal physiology, and food and nutrition of terrestrial and aquatic farm animals. High priorities of the Institute are bio safety of feed and food of animal origin for human nutrition and impacts of breeding and exploitation of farm animals.

Its current activities the Institute creates and implements with understanding that classical approach in animal production, at the global level, significantly changes and more and more attention is devoted to the disciplines dealing with the environmental aspects, food safety, and animal welfare. The non-formal motto of the Institute is: "sustainable production of high quality animal products while preserving the future, nature and the environment".

Research projects and programs in the fields of animal husbandry, aquaculture and animal breeding research are focused on genetics, breeding, and reproduction of some species of terrestrial and aquatic farm animals. Of particular importance for the improvement of animal production are researches focused on determining the genetic differences between animal breeds and strains. Considerable attention is given to studying of genetic potential of the different breeds and strains and protein polymorphisms, with introduction of modern methods applied in selection programs. A significant segment of the researches are in the field of biology of aquatic ecosystems, microbiology of water and aquatic organisms, and reproduction and breeding of fish and other aquatic organisms. One of the strategic plans is creation of material and personnel preconditions for a successful response to the challenges of the modern approaches to the complex problems of animal nutrition.

The Institute's research staff

Ph.D. Muhamed Brka, Full Professor - Animal Breeding;

Ph.D. Admir Dokso, Associate Professor - Livestock breeding;

Ph.D. Ervin Zečević , Associate Professor - Livestock breeding;

Ph.D. Alma Rustempašić , Assistant Professor - Livestock breeding;


Ph.D. Salko Muratović, Full Professor - Animal nutrition, Technology of feed;

Ph.D. Emir Džomba, Associate Professor - Animal nutrition and feeding;

Ph.D. Senada Čengić-Džomba, Assistant Professor - Animal nutrition;

M.Sc. Dženan Hadžić , Senior Assitant - Animal nutrition;


Ph.D. Samir Muhamedagić, Assistant Professor - Fisheries and Aquaculture;


Aganović Sabiha, Engineer of Agricultural and Food Sciences;

Belma Dučić, Engineer of Agricultural and Food Sciences;

Mirsada Mahmutović, Laboratory staff;