PAfter the reaction of Leskovac farmers when they distributed tomatoes to citizens for free, a meeting was held today with representatives of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management, and after that meeting guests from Belgrade promised that the problem would be solved quickly and that prices would rise.
State Secretary Velimir Stanojevic and Aleksandar Bogicevic, Assistant Minister, spoke on behalf of the Ministry at the seat of the city of Leskovac, stating that the situation is not good and that this problem should be solved strategically.
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“In general, we will overcome this in a few days. We expect the export of tomatoes to go to Greece, we expect in a few days, when the levies are removed, the export to Montenegro, and Croatia when the season heats up, “Stanojevic said.
He estimated that in this part of the season, there is usually a higher supply, and a lower demand, but that according to all projections, the problem will be solved in a few days.
He reminded that the Assembly of Serbia, at the proposal of the Ministry of Agriculture, recently adopted the Law on Protection of Agricultural Products, ie setting reference prices, and that from the next budget year, the state will intervene in such situations.
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“The crown of today’s conversation is to create a team that will work on the development of the Strategic Document of Vegetables in Serbia,” he added.
Assistant Minister Aleksandar Bogicevic mostly repeated the same thing, and when asked why agricultural products are cheaper in the south than those in the north of the country, he emphasized – infrastructure.
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When asked why the import of tomatoes is not stopped when the mature product starts to come out of domestic greenhouses, he claimed that 2.5 thousand tons less tomatoes were imported from May 1 to June 7 this year than last year, but they later admitted that twice as many tomatoes were produced in Serbia this year than last year.
On behalf of the farmers, Aleksandar Kocic spoke, who was satisfied with today’s talks, and when asked if he and another farmer would protest again, they said that they would not and would continue to sell their products at the price they are.
Source: Bolja Zemlja by www.boljazemlja.com.
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