Domestic pumpkin – the most profitable winter crop

Dulek raised near the river Rabas in the village of Dupljaj near Valjevo will smell in many Valjevo households this fall and winter. The Branković family has been growing dulek on 40 to 60 acres for eight years, along with other vegetable crops, where, depending on the year, it produces up to 10 tons of these fruits. They leave nothing to chance, because they are watering for now, so the fruits weigh from 10 to 50 kilograms.

“It simply came to my notice then the best way to grow and sell dulek, because he has little work to do, the least investment and arrives before winter when it is most suitable for sale. Everything else is more torment. The production of one wagon is satisfactory and it is a quantity that can be sold, which is the most important thing. I had 55 acres of paprika this year, which is a serious production, and it is a pain, a huge effort. There is a higher income and demand, I could sell three times more than I had a family, but a huge work of the whole family is necessary. A dulek is much easier to produce than paprika ‘, says Milovan Branković from Dupljaj.

Pumpkins are grown by the river on the most fertile land. It is no longer grown only on fertilizer, in the traditional way, says Milovan, because the plot must be high quality, fertile, but this year, as he adds, was “strange” because at the beginning there was no precipitation, and later it got wet and fell. plenty of color.

“When I add and subtract everything, maybe the fruits are bigger now, of satisfactory weight, although some producers complain of reduced yields. I try to every year I leave the best seeds for sowing and grow exclusively domestic dulek“, Our interlocutor points out.

Dulek production

How he explains the pumpkin products from seedlings and direct sowing seeds into the ground.

“It happened that when we take out the seedlings of dulek early in the open field and if the year is not suitable for it, it grows much more slowly, it starts to turn yellow, and if the year is favorable, he succeeds much faster. “For several years, the production was the best from seedlings, but when the year is cold, then the seedlings thrive more slowly, so the dulek, which was grown directly from seeds, arrived earlier for harvest,” says Branković.

Photo: Dejan Davidović

In the first years, in addition to pumpkin, they also grew nutmeg but due to less demand they reduced the areas under it. There is no organized purchase for these products, so they were sold exclusively on the green market, and since a couple of years ago, most of the genus Dulek has been sold in one Valjevo wholesale store. At the market, a kilo of this delicacy costs 60 dinars, and Brankovic says that is a satisfactory price.

Dulek is a product that is always in demand, however, it may have been in the first years, when we started to produce in bulk and there was a greater demand than now. Then I’m in the market during the season I managed to sell up to 300 kilograms a day. There are fewer and fewer people in the market now, because many people buy in big markets. In my case, it saves me too sales in the store, because through their actions I place most of the products and I am satisfied with the cooperation with them“, Said Milovan Brankovic.

Dejan Davidovic, Journalist

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

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