Storm and hail wreaks havoc on Serbian crops

Serbian government authorities have significantly disseminated, promoted and invested in blueberry cultivation, so that Serbian production is projected to increase by more than 30% this coming season.

A heavy storm followed by an abundant hail shower has hit large sections of central Serbia in the past few hours. In this area there are numerous blueberry plantations and other agricultural products that have been severely affected. It is still impossible to accurately calculate the future damage that this meteorological phenomenon will cause in the production and harvest of blueberries, which in Serbia begins in June.

According to the report of the Supreme Audit Institution (SAI), which corresponds to the Serbian State audit institution, the damage that the city has suffered in Serbia in the last 3 years as a result of these (increasingly recurring) meteorological phenomena amounts to to about 50 million euros, of which almost 95% corresponds to damage caused to agricultural activity, mainly fruit.

As in most of the countries in that geographical area, corresponding to the western Balkans, the authorities of the Serbian Government have spread, promoted and invested significantly in the cultivation of bilberry, in such a way that Serbian production is projected to increase by more than 30% this coming season.

This explains that despite damaging climatic shocks, such as these storms and heavy hailstorms, good projections remain for the production of the Serbian blueberry industry, because Serbian farms have the best technology and have adopted the crop to the realities of the region.

In addition to this, the reality of blueberry production in Serbian crops is that they have many young plantations, which are already entering the production stage, and that also explains the large increase in the projected season.

Blueberry production from the Serbian industry is mainly exported to nearby markets in its region, with shipments to Russia, Turkey, markets in Western Europe and the countries of the Middle East.

As a data, in Belgrade there are 242.000 hectares of arable land, of which 150.00 hectares are currently used, so the range of opportunities to invest is very high. Serbia's total arable land ranks it 17th in the world in terms of available hectares, which clearly means that Serbia's destiny is in agriculture.

Martín Carrillo O. - Blueberries Consulting

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