Serbia: Production in greenhouses increases profit for growers
Published Jun 29, 2023
Serbia annually produces a large amount of vegetables, with 245,000 tons grown in greenhouses, 400,000 tons in gardens, and a million tons in open fields. However, Serbia relies on imports for certain vegetables such as tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, and lettuce. Increasing greenhouse production could help reduce these imports and be more profitable for farmers.
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Serbia has, on average, about 110,000 hectares under vegetable production, and Serbian farmers grow approximately 41 vegetable species, of which 30 species are economically significant. Professor Zarko Ilin from the Faculty of Agriculture in Novi Sad mentioned that Serbia produces more vegetables than it consumes, which is one million to 1.2 million tons, so a good part ends up in export. However, the professor mentioned that Serbia does not have enough so-called warm-loving vegetable species in the pre-winter and winter period and early spring, namely: tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, and lettuce, and therefore Serbia imports these vegetables from North Macedonia, Albania, Greece, and Turkey. That import, he stated, could be replaced by greater production in greenhouses, especially suitable for farmers who have small holdings or live in urban areas. Vegetable production in covered areas in Serbia is taking place on about 2.500 ha only, although this production can be far more ...