Minister: We will have enough wheat for the whole Balkans

He adds that the barley harvest has started, that the yield will be better than the ten-year average, although not a record. In about ten days, the wheat harvest begins.

“I expect a good production year for wheat, at least three million tons of yield, depending on meteorological conditions. But there are huge shocks in the food market in the world, we have to take into account as a country what is happening. “We are a large food producer and we produce two and a half times more wheat than we need, but we should not be left without flour and wheat in Serbia due to exports,” said the Minister.

Nedimovic says that Serbia will have enough wheat for the entire Balkans.

“Serbia spends 1.3 to 1.5 million tons for bread and everything else, the rest is exported,” said Nedimović, explaining that this means that we have wheat for two and a half of Serbia.

Never higher purchase price of raspberries

Commenting on the price of raspberries, Nedimović said that the purchase price has never been higher – 600 dinars in the Valjevo and Sabac area, where raspberries are harvested first.

He states that Serbia has 20,000 hectares of raspberries, with 97 percent of raspberries being exported, mostly to France and Germany.

Recent weather disasters have damaged roads in the Ivanjica and Arilje area, and the minister promises that the state will help repair the damage to the infrastructure tomorrow or the day after tomorrow.

He also announced that in cooperation with the Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Srpska, the west of Serbia will be protected from the city, just as the Valjevo region is protected. Over 40 million euros have been set aside for automatic anti-hail protection for that purpose.

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Found a way to export to Russia

Nedimović also said that Serbia exported more strawberries in the previous month than in the same interval last year when there was no war. The goods go to Russia via Turkey and some Baltic countries, and the problem with the export of apples has been eliminated, says Nedimović.

The prices of basic foodstuffs have been frozen for another ten days.

“The situation is not naive. What is happening now on the food market in the world is child’s play compared to what will be in six months or a year. “There was no sowing in parts of Ukraine, and the question is whether there will be harvests, and Russia has banned the export of corn and wheat,” the minister reminds.

He points out that full vigilance of all institutions is needed and reminds that quarterly quotas for exports have been adopted.

“We have to balance, it must not happen that we have produced and we have not. “There must be everything in Serbia and we must have enough for our neighbors in the ‘Open Balkans'”, concluded the Minister of Agriculture Branislav Nedimović.

Source: RTS


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