Novi Sad, June 14, 2019.
Crop Tour Serbia 2019 was finished in Novi Sad with The Final Presentation for journalists, the Association Serbia Grains member companies, UN FAO representatives and guests. This event, which is organized for the first time in Serbia by the Association Serbia Grains, with the support of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (UN FAO) and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), aims to determine the expected quantity and quality of this year Serbian wheat crop.
Representatives of the Association Serbia Grains, together with certified samplers, visited as many as 70 municipalities, ie all regions in which wheat is grown, after which the samples were processed and analyzed.
According to the director of the Association Serbia Grains this is definitely a specific year when it comes to wheat. Starting from the fact that the weather was favorable in December and January for wheat which was under the snow cover, over extremely unfavorable weather conditions in the continuation of the vegetation period - from extreme drought to heavy rains, made for Serbian farmers harder or completely impossible to apply all agrotehnical protective measures. As a result, 7.15 percent smaller wheat yields are expected this year compared to the previous year, which was also a record year. However, this year wheat crop will still be slightly higher than the five year average in our country, so it will not significantly affect the trade, processing and export of Serbian wheat.
In addition to UN FAO and EBRD, we express our gratitude to our member companies: MAT-AGRO, AGROGRNJA, AGROGLOBE, ULJARICE BAČKA and the AmSpec from Novi Sad, with the support of which we successfully held the first CROP TOUR in Serbia organized by our association.
Milos Milovanovic, FAO Agrarian Policy Consultant and Coordinator of FAO and EBRD projects in Serbia, said that FAO and the EBRD have been supporting the export of grains and oilseeds for the past several years, primarily through work on quality, logistics and diversification of Serbian agricultural exports. With this aim, in cooperation with the Ministry of Agriculture and the Association Serbia Grains, the first National Grain Conference in Serbia will be organized at the end of October this year, where domestic producers and traders will have the opportunity to get acquainted with the world trends and current developments in the international grain market and potential buyers from abroad to see the potentials of Serbian production.