Beans – a crop that was traditionally produced in our country, we now import from distant China, but it is not the only food that reaches our kitchens across the border. We also import tomatoes, then cucumbers, potatoes, peppers, garlic and onions… We now import everything that is on our daily menu and that we once produced ourselves for domestic needs.
It used to be known that everything was produced for the domestic market, and we exported what was left over. Now we have reached an absurd situation, that we continue to export domestic products, and on the other hand, at the same time, we import the same vegetables in much larger quantities.
The latest milk crisis has opened Pandora’s box and exposed the situation in Serbian agriculture. There is no milk on the shelves in the stores, the Government of Serbia is introducing new measures, limiting the price and banning exports, and farmers say that the alarm has been raised for a long time and that the current situation is just a consequence of what they have been warning about for a long time.
“And it’s not just a problem in the milk, now everything has burned down,” Milan Milošević, a farmer from Rača near Kragujevac, one of the founders of the Association for the Protection of Farmers, claims for Nova.
Recently united, they formed a working group of farmers from all over Serbia and requested an urgent meeting in the competent Ministry. If the meeting does not take place, they announce going out on the street.
What products do we import?
The domestic media recently announced that in the first six months of this year we imported thousands of tons of potatoes, tomatoes, beans, onions… In foreign trade, we also exported domestic vegetables, but our products “went” at a price significantly lower than that of to which we imported the same.
Thus, for every thousand tons of potatoes that we exported, 29,000 tons entered our country. We sold domestic for 284 euros per ton, while we paid about 320 for imported.
We sent 564 tons of tomatoes to the foreign market, and imported as many as 23,000 tons. We import twice as much cucumber than we export, and we pay twice as much for it.
We also import more garlic than we export, but the price is in our favor, so we get 2,466 euros per ton for exports, while we pay 2,378 euros for imports.
In the first half of this year, we managed to export six tons of beans, but on the other hand, we imported 35 tons of foreign beans.
Agroeconomist Milan Prostran, for Nova.rs, points out that in the previous period, Serbia signed numerous agreements on free trade, and because of that, as he says, we import “everything and everything, both what we need and what we don’t need”.
He recalled the time when “three trade regimes” were in force in the export of domestic agricultural products, that is, when exports were based on quotas, quantity quotas and permits, and added that now “nothing applies”.
Source: AGROmedia by www.agromedia.rs.
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