Costs from 1,500 to 80,000 euros per hectare

Whoever decides to engage in fruit growing, depending on whether he is already involved in agricultural production and has all the necessary machinery or just owns the land, then what kind of fruit he is talking about and what kind he wants so far, raising one hectare of fruit can cost him from 1,500 and even and up to 80,000 euros in the case of modern fruit plantations.

Thus, farmers who are already involved in this production and live in the countryside will invest the least in the new orchard. They already have the necessary machinery, most of them do stable manure provided, and in this case the biggest cost is the purchase of planting material. If they decide on a plum, it is necessary to provide up to 1,500 euros.

“It doesn’t cost much to an agricultural producer because it is understood that he will do most of the work. He will do it with his machinery basic and supplementary tillage of land or possibly hire someone who has a detonator, they will only pay for the oil. He procures the planting material himself, but for the grafts he can get a refund in the amount of at least 50 percent from the price of one seedling, these are incentives given by the city of Valjevo”, says Srđan Stanojlović from the Agricultural Expert and Advisory Service “Valjevo”.

“In addition, he can receive subsidies from the Ministry of Agriculture for fencing orchards, irrigation system, hail protection. For one hectare, depending on the planting density, 400 to 500 seedlings are needed. The price of one seedling is 1.50 euros, which is 600 do 750 evra. About 200 euros are needed for the cultivation of land and oil. Manure has its own, and 400 to 500 euros should be set aside for the purchase of other fertilizers. In addition, work and meals should be included, which should not cost more than about 1,500 euros“, he adds.

The costs of raising an orchard - © Dejan Davidović/Agromedia

On the other hand, if someone does not work alone and if they are owned by people they only have plots, and they do not have the necessary mechanization, the price of raising one hectare of orchard is significantly higher. In this case, raising plum plantations on an area of ​​one hectare can cost 5,000 euros.

“The cultivation and preparation of the land itself, for planting one hectare of fruit, costs about one thousand euros, which is what is needed for the purchase of fertilizers. For the procurement of planting material need 600 to 750 euros. The work itself, i.e. planting per pit, ranges from 80 euro cents to one euro, depending on the contractor, which in total amounts to 400 to 500 euros. In this way, to raise one hectare of plums, it is necessary have 3,500 to 4,000 euros, and the figure can go i do 5.000 evra which depends on whether it is necessary to clear the plot, whether it needs to be leveled, whether it is ready for planting or whether it has to be cultivated”, says Stanojlović, a consultant for fruit growing, and notes that in this case too incentives from the Ministry of Agriculture can be used .

According to him, if we plant cherry with an irrigation system, anti-guard nets and nets to protect against birds, the investment per hectare reaches the amount from 20,000 euros. If we are talking about modern plantations, or mini projects, the most expensive thing is to raise apple and blueberry plantations.

The costs of raising an orchard - © Dejan Davidović/Agromedia

Raising an apple orchard with the purchase of seedlings, anti-freeze system, sprinklers, irrigation costs from 40.000 do 50.000 evra. If a well is dug, more money needs to be allocated. And to raise one hectare of blueberries it is necessary from 40,000 to 50,000 euroswith the fact that the seedling is now in a pot, so we arrive at an amount that is close to a figure from 80,000 euros because it is necessary to provide a substrate, protective nets.

“When it comes to larger areas, investments are drastically reduced. When an anti-hail net, irrigation systems, fence are installed on large areas, such as ten hectares, that amount is reduced in relation to how much it costs per one hectare”, explains our interlocutor.

In the Valjevo region, the vines are getting more and more popular, so one hectare of vineyard with wire and poles is necessary invest up to 11,000 euros. It’s the same with hazelnuts. If an agricultural producer wants to grow this hazelnut tree, raising one hectare will cost about 7,000 euros, and if the producer owns only a plot of land, the investment will reach a figure of 10,000 euroshow much does a hectare under strawberries cost.

Dejan Davidović, Journalist

More than a decade in this business. Author of numerous reports and informative articles in television programs, among which the dominant place was occupied by agriculture. I think that every food producer, even the smallest one, deserves to be talked about and written about.

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