At the 2nd World Olive Harvesting Championship, organized on Friday in Postire on the island of Brač in Croatia, the four-member team from Boka Bay won second place.
The Montenegrin team consisted of members of the Boka Olive Society Ivan Mirković and Marina Marić Benaković from Tivat and Ivan Djukić and Jelena Božić from Kotor. They showed good results both in olive harvesting and in knowing the olive-growing tradition in Boka Bay and Montenegro. They presented their country at the round table and participated in a series of educational workshops.
"This is a great success of our society and Montenegro and we are really proud. We are grateful to our members who have presented us so successfully, especially if we take into account that in this three-day competition 11 countries participated including Croatia, Greece, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Spain, Slovenia, Italy, the Netherlands, Hungary, England ", says Vesna Djukic, Executive Director of the Boka Olive Society.
Competition proposals were the same as last year, when the same team presented our country. The teams competed in manual and machine harvesting of olive fruit. Due to the poor olive harvest, harvesting machines could not be done to the fullest, but this did not stop the organizers from keeping the competition to the satisfaction of all the participants. The task at the hand-picked competition was to manually set a number of olive trees for a certain time, to avoid damaging the branches, to avoid the leaves and to collect only healthy olive fruits.
"The measurement was done later, but our competitors immediately felt they were among the best. However, the winners were representatives of Croatia, and the third olive growers from Slovenia. The olive harvesting championship in Brač is very interesting and useful, and it has inspired us to plan our olive harvesting competition, as a qualifying championship for the World Cup. In this way, we’ll always have a team ready to represent us in competitions of a greater rank," concluded Vesna Djukic.