RASPBERRY PRODUCTION: Expert advice for improvement

In recent years, raspberry growers in Valjevo have harvested up to four tons of red fruits per hectare on average. The trend of decreasing yields not only in the local raspberries, but also in other parts of Serbia where this fruit is grown, according to fruit experts, may change. Read below how.

Malinjak – Photo: Dejan Davidović

In the next year, the Fruit Growing Institute in Valjevo, Ivanjica, Arilje and Kraljevo, with the financial support of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management, is implementing the project “Improvement of primary raspberry production through modification of applied agro and post-technical measures in orchards”. field workshop.

This project aims to improve the condition and health of raspberries by modifying the agro-technical measures that are applied, to increase the yield and quality of the fruit and thus to improve the production of raspberries.

“Agricultural producers can expect answers to numerous questions from this project, ie where they are wrong and in what way they can solve the problems in their orchards,” said Dr. Darko Jevremović, acting director of the Fruit Growing Institute in Čačak.

Professional advice is of paramount importance

The profession states that there are mistakes in all segments of production. From uncontrolled and most often excessive use of mineral and foliar nutrients, lack and wrong application of organic fertilizers, when applying pesticides and herbicides, selection of inadequate fruiting shoots, removal of the first series of young shoots…

These and other omissions, as well as measures to improve the production of raspberries, were pointed out during one of the workshops, which was organized in the raspberry grove of Milorad Ranković from Donji Leskovice near Valjevo.

“These tips are invaluable, for people in the profession to show us what works and what doesn’t work. Thanks to the irrigation system, this little one gave a fantastic yield in this dry year, a wagon of raspberries per hectare, “says Ranković.

As it was pointed out on this occasion, “the situation in raspberry growing, but in fruit growing in Serbia, can only be improved by proper work, listening to the profession and science.”

In order to improve production, raspberries are recommended, among other things, to perform chemical analyzes of the soil every other year, conduct calcification, add organic fertilizers to the soil, fertilize in accordance with the condition and real needs of plants, control the formation of aboveground growth, control the presence of disease and pests…

raspberry growersRaspberry growers – Photo: Dejan Davidović

Serbia is a leader in the production of raspberries, but it is important that it stays that way

In the last 40, 50 years, Serbia has been a leader in the production of raspberries. However, the fact is that producers do not have an answer to changing climatic conditions, new diseases and pests.

“Yields are falling and producers are not informed about all technological operations. And then, instead of harvesting 1,500 to 2,000 kilograms from family estates of 10 acres, this year they took 300-400, at best 700 to 800 kilograms. The price was decent, but no high price can compensate for that loss of yield, “said Dr. Aleksandar Leposavic from the Institute of Fruit Growing in Cacak.

The goal of everything is to point out some basic technological operations, that is, some mistakes that do not cost much and do not require a lot of additional labor. But they can prevent things from losing yield and quality.

Svetislav Markovic, director of the Agricultural Advisory and Expert Service “Valjevo”, which is a partner in the project, hopes that the project will be implemented through the production of planting material, but also the education of agricultural producers to improve raspberry growing in the Valjevo region.

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.

Source: Agromedia by www.agromedia.rs.

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