10.09.2021. / 17:06
SARAJEVO – Last year, in the year of the pandemic, the agri-food sector in Bosnia and Herzegovina proved to be one of the most resilient because, despite the difficult situation, it recorded an increase in nominal value.
“Agriculture grew by three percent a year, while food and beverage production grew by more than four percent a year. The most stable segment of the manufacturing sector in the region since the beginning of the pandemic is the production of food and beverages. “, is stated in the Report on the impact of the pandemic on the agri-food sector of the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Relations of BiH.
When it comes to the purchase of agricultural products, the largest increase is recorded in the purchase of industrial plants by 107 percent, cereals by 69 percent, and vegetables by seven percent.
“The area of used agricultural land last year was about one million hectares, which is 51,310 hectares more than in 2019.”, the report states and adds that the growth of fruit and vegetable production was also recorded.
According to these data, the annual production of fresh fruits and vegetables amounts to about 150 million KM, of which about 40 percent is placed on the foreign market.
Also, when we talk about cereals, the harvested and production area as well as the total production for most types of crops was higher last year compared to 2019.
When it comes to livestock products, milk purchases were 6.4 percent higher last year compared to the year before, but meat production and sales fell by as much as 50 percent due to accumulated surpluses caused by excessive imports from the EU.
However, due to the closure of borders and the crisis caused by the pandemic, the total volume of trade in agricultural and food products last year compared to the year before last was lower by 123 million marks, or three percent.
Also, when it comes to the export of agricultural and food products, it amounted to 846.4 million marks, while the value of imports was around three billion KM.
“The deficit in the exchange of agricultural products amounts to 2.16 billion marks”, concluded in the Report.
CAPITAL: Bojana Ninković
Source: Capital.ba – Informacija je capital by www.capital.ba.
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