Outdated agricultural machinery and equipment in Serbia is one of the reasons why the country’s natural resources are not fully utilized.
Out of 410,894 tractors in Serbia, 95% of them are older than 10 years. Serbian farmers also use harvesters with an obsolete technology, and the agricultural equipment seen on Serbian fields can be still seen only in undeveloped countries. Hence, the Ministry of Agriculture has decided to set aside more money for farmer incentives this year.
According to Branislav Veljkovic from the Ministry of Agriculture, Serbia has a huge agricultural potential that hasn’t been tapped into enough.
“Despite this under-utilization, Serbian agricultural sectors still manages to produce more than domestic demand and has been recording surplus in external trade”, Veljkovic underlines and adds: “Outdated agricultural machinery and equipment is one of the reasons why our agricultural potential hasn’t been fully utilized.”
According to the Ministry’s data from 2012, every second farm in Serbia has a tractor. Veljkovic also says that the state will cover 50% of the price of a new tractor, while for farmers who work in areas that are considered of having difficult agricultural working conditions, the state’s subsidy will be 65% of the price of a new tractor. The maximum subsidy cannot exceed 1.8 million dinars per farmer.
The deadline for submission of subsidy applications is 1st July, 2017, and all the details can be found on the website of the Agricultural Payments Administration (Uprava za agrarna placanja).
(Vecernje Novosti, 15.05.2017)
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