Blackberry is a fruit crop that arrived next to be picked. We are investigating whether there were problems with the yield and quality of the fruit of that fruit crop due to tropical temperatures and drought that were present for a long period of time, and which affected a large number of other plantations, unfortunately negatively. We talked about the blackberry with Jovan Milinković, advisor for fruit growing and viticulture of the Agricultural Advisory and Expert Service in Valjevo.
Blackberry yield at average level
According to our interlocutor, the weather conditions caused much less damage than they thought it would be because the blackberries in that area are located on higher altitude about 500 meters, they did not have burns on the leaves or on the fruits.
“Blackberries look good very good, we are very pleased. We thought the damage to the blackberry was far greater, however almost no problem because simply blackberry is a plant that better proud more extreme conditions and drought. Therefore, the yield will not be reduced, it will be at the level average“, Milinković pointed out for AGROmedia portal.
They expect that the price will rise to 180 dinars per kilogram
It only picks you a few kilograms, while the real harvest of this year’s crop is still expected after a week. When it comes to the price, our interlocutor emphasizes that it starts from 125, 130 dinars per kilogram, that is the first, starting price that will grow. As he says, this is because this year the yield of raspberries is smaller than everyone expected, and the blackberry will compensate a little, yes compensate. Therefore, expect the price to rise to 180 dinars.
“After four, five years, this is the year when there are blackberries normal price and a year that pays to work in blackberries, that is, that the producers of the same to earn“, Points out the advisor of PSSS” Valjevo “and adds that blackberries occupy the eye in their area 700, 800 acres, it used to be 1000 but part of it was cleared. This is the part of Serbia where that culture is most cultivated, he emphasizes.
The only thing that stands out as a problem is that in the coming weeks, high temperatures could happen again and the heat wave could return, which could cause difficulties because they have blackberries that are not in irrigation system. However, the producers mostly provide water, and some put it as well shading nets. The price certainly dictates how much they will invest, he states at the end.
Source: Agromedia by www.agromedia.rs.
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