Our managed plantations and why Serbia? (Photo/Video)
Thanks to the wealth of quality agricultural land and strategic position for trade, Serbia has significant comparative advantages in agriculture.
The area of agricultural land in Serbia covers 5.1 million hectares, while the total area used is 3.3 million ha. Based on the Survey on the Structure of Agricultural Farms from the SBS in 2018, the average family farm uses 4.5 ha of agricultural land, while the most numerous farms use up to two hectares of agricultural land.
Our Prized plantation – 10 Hectares – 3000 trees
Established on the outskirts of the city of Pancevo in the municipality of Kacarevo our first walnut plantation was established on the 16th of December 2016. This 10-hectare plantation is home to approximately 3000 walnut trees of the Chandler and franquette sort. Planted in a 7m x 5m row by row formation, this plantation was erected using only certified saplings imported from Spain and following all contemporary walnut farming practices advised to us by world-renowned walnut expert dr Eugenio Cocolini.
The following plantation is a project that we replicate exactly on each location when we expand locations or consult.
Consulting plantations – Tornjos – Avala – Backa Topola and more
In recent years, we have consulted in establishing multiple walnut plantations throughout Serbia. With Plantations erected in Stari Banovci, Simanovci, the Drača Monastery near Kragujevac, Avala, Sabac, and Tornjos we have successfully aided in the uprising of 70+ Hectares of walnut trees
Expertise and experience to share
Our experts communicate intensively with walnut plantation owners from around the world (California, Turkey, Italy, France, China) as well as experts who place special emphasis on research in walnut cultivation.
With the available knowledge from successfully executed plantations, we have managed to transfer know-how through our consulting services to help various walnut plantations cross country to successfully establish and reach maximum yield.
Thanks to the quality of agricultural land and strategic position for trade, accompanied by extensive government subsidies Serbia has significant comparative advantages in the agriculture industry.
The total area of exploitable agricultural land in Serbia spans over 5.1 million hectares, while the total area underuse is 3.3 million ha. The land is available in large plots far below European and US market prices.
- Government subsidies
The Serbian government offers agriculture subsidies that allow farmers to redeem 50% of all initial fixed costs and running costs. Saplings, irrigation systems, fencing, fertilizer, and security systems are all covered under this category.
Highly skilled in agriculture and field operations, a dedicated, workforce is regularly available throughout all seasons.
Employing information gathered from years of experience on walnut plantations throughout Italy, France, and Turkey and by bringing in agronomists and doctors of science from Italy, Turkey, and this year from California, we have the know-how to erect plantations of the highest standard.
Before we establish a new plantation we first handpick the land where we will plant our trees. Land is a key factor as it must meet certain criteria. Key factors that we take into account are:
- Soil type and structure
- Altitude of land
- Terrain formation / architecture
- What other cultures are cultivated in the close vicinity
- Sunlight exposure
- Wind impact
- Exposure to natural hazards
All of our plantations are set up to ensure maximum productivity and future yield. The spacing of rows & columns between trees is vital to this as it is very important for the pollination of trees. We plant our trees in a dense 5m-6m formation. This allows for excellent pollination and the best utilization of land.
All of our plantations are equipped with advanced irrigation systems that not only ensure optimum soil moisture levels at all times but also provide our trees with constant delivery of required nutrients.
We spray our trees 3-5 times per year to ensure the maximum health of our plantations. By spraying our trees, we protect them from insects, fungi, pests, and aggressive weed growth.