When Amra Ugarak started cultivating the underused land plot that had been in her husband’s family for years, she had no idea that she would become one of the most productive raspberry farmers in Bosnia and Herzegovina, producing 5.5 tons of raspberries on 0.2 hectares in one year.
“I was not a farmer, I was a housewife. My daughters were grown up and able to take care of themselves, so I had some free time on my hands and had to employ myself with something.” Mrs. Ugarak employed herself with berry farming, finding what she calls a “creative hobby.”
Becoming a berry farmer was not easy. Her land had not been cultivated for a long time. Although she was dedicated and well-organized, she was starting from scratch. Mrs. Ugarak says that community members were skeptical of her becoming a farmer in the beginning, but she laughed it off. “People here are traditional and do not expect this from an inexperienced housewife, but once you prove to be successful, they will come to you for advice, and you become someone they look up to as their role model!”