First hand: How cost-effective is organic okra cultivation?

The Bogdanov family is engaged in organic production in the village of Đurđevo in Vojvodina, and among the crops they grow, there is okra, a vegetable that many have not heard of before, and today it has found wide application in cooking and gained popularity. Aleksandar Bogdanov talked to us about how demanding, but also cost-effective, the condition of okra is.

Photo: Aleksandar Bogdanov

Okra is especially sensitive to low temperatures

“We grow okra approximately 4 -5 thousand square meters, it’s almost one morning. We came to the mentioned area about three years ago and it has been since then we did not increase. This culture is most affected by temperature conditions, that is cold weather“, This organic producer started the story.

As he says, last year they had a big problem with the production of okra because they planted it due to the weather only at the end of June (they tried to grow it from seedlings and seeds, from seeds it turned out better), and due to a lot of delay the fruit was weak. As the climatic conditions were unfavorable this year as well, he says yes he’s not sure what yield they will be able to expect, however they have already planted it.

The largest amount they managed to get on the specified area is 2 tone, he points out.

It is difficult to make a living from organic production

In addition to okra, they also grow hazelnuts which have under an area of ​​one hectare, black beans, a small area under tomatoes, asparagus. He points out that they also tried other crops such as white corn and beets, but nothing happened did not show as profitable, and they stuck to just that. They sell their products at markets and through social media.

Our interlocutor points out that the situation in organic okra production is not at all promising, but also when it comes to the entire organic production.

No customers, the market is small, producers selling organic products heavy to be able to live off of it. There are a couple of producers who are satisfied, but they are already on the markets two decades. When it comes to the production of okra, if the salary is divided into 12 months as it is, the figure of only 50 to 100 euros per month, and where are the investments for which it must be set aside “, presented this devastating fact by Aleksandar Bogdanov, who, in addition to organic production, had to get a job because, according to him, he saw that it was financially unsustainable.

OkraPhoto: Aleksandar Bogdanov

Okra is harvested in the strongest sun

And, he points out, okra requires a lot of physical work. As he says, they dug it three times, but the grass still grew, and it is demanding reading. Namely, it is best when it is harvested suva, not in the morning after the dew because it is wet, so, he claims, it is best harvested after the strongest sun.

When it comes to diseases that attack her, it happens that she sometimes attacks her flamingo, and as for insects they are stinky martinis and plant yours. As he says, organic producers are allowed to use a certain amount of blue stone per hectare, which protects it from flamingos.

This organic producer emphasizes that their family production started a long time ago, when their grandfather refused to use chemicals and did not even want to buy tractor, has been cultivating with the help of horses for many years. Despite the fact that their organic production dates back to earlier, he points out that to him as a young man does not instill any hope and a special desire to deal with it more.


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