The Rokvić agricultural farm grows Oblačinska višnja on an area of 10 cadastral acres, that is, less than 6 hectares. Their areas in Bački Dobro Polje, near Vrbas, were previously used for growing vegetables, and Sekula Rokvić reveals to us why they turned to growing this culture, but also their experience in processing Oblačinska višnja.
Potatoes, black and buy there is no one to pick onions
As Rokvić says, the choice fell on Oblačinska višnja primarily because it is in question autochthonous range in Serbia, and the other reason is that it can mechanical to be harvested, no labor force is needed which they consider one of the biggest problems in agricultural production. We have, he claims, labor shortage, and especially the younger generations leaving the country.
“We have been dealing with it for many years vegetables but due to lack of manpower we had to switch to some more intensive plant species that required less manpower and we bought immediately shaker who mechanically picks cherries. Black onion my family has grown for three decades, and we have also grown garlic, potatoes and beans. Beans we have continued to cultivate as it can now be harvested by machine. In the case of potatoes, onions and garlic, in order to take the machinery that extracts these crops from the soil, they must be grown on an area that includes tens of hectares. It is unprofitable to work only a few hectares under vegetables and buy a serious machine because in that case cannot be repaid“, Explains Rokvić.
Processing cherries is much more profitable than selling them as raw materials
This agricultural producer from Bačka points out that if the work is done properly from the beginning, thinking of undermining, setting up a fence, drilling wells, irrigation kap po kap, investments in the cultivation of Oblačinska višnja amount to some 10,000 euros per hectare. In addition to that figure, an investment must also be made own work, he himself drills holes in the plot to reduced costs. He points out that it is cherry processing much more cost effective than when sold as a raw material.
“This cherry is now spreading throughout Vojvodina, and as soon as the buyers have a slightly larger offer, they try to price range. When you have one part that you can rework, you don’t depend so much on them, you can achieve better price if you are not forced to sell the genus immediately. We are this year a quarter of the genus processed, and we sold the rest as raw material “, states this manufacturer and emphasizes that their customers are especially popular among customers liqueur and brandy of cherries.
This year’s crop is 9.1 kilograms of cherries per tree
In addition to these products, their farm also processes cherries jam which have four types: sugar-free, with sugar, candied cherries and mixed with chocolate. They are also in the process of production cherry wine and compote, but they haven’t put it on sale yet, because first they, as a farm, have to evaluate the quality of the product and give the highest grade.
We asked our interlocutor how satisfied he was with this year’s yield and the price of cherries.
“Considering that we have young cherry orchards, our cherries are in the fourth year of production, this is for us the first economic genus. We had 9.1 kilograms of cherries per tree and we are kind of satisfied with that. We gave the plants everything they needed as much as possible and fulfilled all the requirements regarding fertilization and irrigation. The plants had an intensive growth from the start because from the first day we have drip irrigation “, said Sekula Rokvić for AGROmedia portal.
They sold their cherries at a price of 45 dinars per kilogram. It is the first class of cherries. He says that the price is problematic for those who do not have a machine harvest, that is, that it is such a production unprofitable because the performance of the workers around the harvest is paid for 30 dinars per kilogram.
Source: Agromedia by www.agromedia.rs.
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