Lower grape yields in Serbia due to drought

14.08.2022. / 15:00

BELGRADE – What will be this year’s yields and quality of grapes in Serbia will be known for sure when the harvest begins, and as Stevan Rajta, director of the Association of Winemakers and Vinegrowers of Serbia, says for Tanjug, it can already be said that due to weather conditions, yields will be lower.

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We expect the harvest to start in 10 to 15 days and then we will have a clearer picture, but it is quite certain that the drought and extremely high temperatures that last for a long time will take their toll on the grapes as well. At the same time, it is important to know that the problems with yields will not be the same in all regions, because the conditions are not the same in Šumadija, Fruška Gora, Negotin, Župa or the Niš region.“, he says.

He also adds that where the vine is located near a spring, river or lake, it can have higher humidity and preserve the crop better.

Rajta states that the vine is a resistant plant and can adapt to various temperatures, high and low, but on the condition that they last too long, as was the case with extremely high temperatures this summer.

Because of the high heat, there are no juices that travel through the plant and need to feed the berry, the skin and skin of the berry can burn, it dries up and nothing can be made from such a berry. Sometimes the bunches have to be cut in order to save what can be saved“, explains the interlocutor of Tanjug.

According to him, this year the city also caused damage in some vineyards, and then the drought followed, so the winegrowers had their hands full to protect the crop.

Rajta points out that the situation is not only difficult in our country, but also in the whole of Europe, which has faced extremely high temperatures.

Thus, he says, in France, one of the largest producers of wine, where normally irrigation of vineyards is not allowed, they made an exception and allowed irrigation in some regions in order to save the crop.

According to data from the Serbian Chamber of Commerce, the country has 20,113 hectares under vines, about 160,000 tons of grapes are produced annually, and about 80,000 farms are involved in grape production. Tanjug

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