Fruit growing has played an important role throughout history, and today it is returning and taking the place it deserves. Some fruit crops, such as blueberries and walnuts, are currently the most profitable to grow, and some fruit species have problems that can be solved with modern technology and association.
We talked to Dr. Zoran Keserović, a professor at the Faculty of Agriculture, and asked him which fruits are mostly grown in Serbia.
“In Serbia, there is great interest in raising fruit orchards. In some fruit species where we did not expect there to be interest 3-4 years ago, and that is blueberry, this is proof that, when modern technologies are introduced which are accompanied by fertigation, good assortment, means to can succeed“, Answered Professor Keserović.
According to him, there is more and more interest in this fruit species, which is promising in Serbia. He hopes so blueberry producers understand that should unite, to have their own refrigerators where they will store the goods until they are sold.
According to him, there is great interest and for lifting walnut plantation. As he himself says, walnut is in short supply in Europe, and in our country not enough has been done on modern technology of walnut production, that is, on intensification of production, on dense planting 7 x 5 m, ie 8 x 4 m, and introduction of varieties that have lateral fertility, such as Chandler, Pedro Ferned and other varieties. “Even our variety Rasna is very good“, He pointed out Professor Keserovic.
Also, there is great interest in raising orchards apricots and strawberries.
However, there are obvious problems with some fruit crops.
“Where we haven’t done enough, where there is, in fact, a gap between producers and processors – that’s in production raspberries and production code cherries. To force small producers of cherries and raspberries, to have their own refrigerators and their own processing capacities “, our interlocutor pointed out to us.
Regarding plums, the professor points out that it is the big problem was with the price plums, that it was extremely low in central Serbia, not only for plums but also for cherries. “I told the manufacturer in central Serbia that they would be competitive they must increase production per unit area and must reduce production costs. No larger plantation in Vojvodina is without modern shakers for mechanized harvesting, there are even harvesters, and those below individually cannot do that, but they must combine and procure modern shakers, which reduce production costs“, Concluded Professor Keserović.
Interlocutor: Dr. Zoran Keserović, professor at the Faculty of Agriculture
Source: Agromedia by www.agromedia.rs.
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