During the coronavirus pandemic, Serbian fruit exports grew by about 19%.
“Despite all the difficulties brought on by the pandemic, Serbian exported substantial quantities of cereals and fruits mainly to the EU countries and the Russian Federation,” says the secretary of the Association for Plant Production and Food Industry at the Serbian Chamber of Commerce, Aleksandar Bogunović.
In a statement for Tanjug news agency, he said that the export of agricultural products from Serbia has increased by some 6%.
“Raspberries, with 259 million euro worth of export, take the first place, owing to the strong demand and good prices of raspberries. Last year, about 1.6 million tonnes of this fruit were produced in Serbia and 503,000 tonnes were exported, worth about 644 million euro, which represents an increase of about 19%,” Bogunović points out.
He also says the main markets for raspberries are Germany, where around 37% is exported each year, France (17%) and Belgium (7%). Between 5% and 7% of raspberry yield went to Great Britain, the Netherlands and other EU countries, but Serbian raspberries also made it to the USA, Australia and Russia.
The new trend of people eating healthier and more wholesome food has had a good effect on the agricultural industry in Serbia, which can accommodate the growing demand for fruit. According to Bogunović, apples are the second most popular fruit in export, with around 110 million euro worth of apples exported last year.
About 78% of apples end up in the Russian Federation, and Serbia is the largest exporter of apples to that country.
“Interestingly, blackberries generated revenues of 41 million euro, and sour cherries about 40 million euro. About 32 million euro worth of frozen black cherries was exported to the EU and Russian markets. The value of exported plums was about 21 million euro, and 86% of total plum export is fresh plums. They are mostly exported to EU countries and the Russian Federation. Peaches, strawberries, nectarines and cherries were also exported, mainly to the Russian Federation,” Bogunović says.
Export of blueberries has also been growing year-on-year and they mostly end up in EU countries.
Last year was a bit worse for Serbia’s vegetables, says the expert, and the value of exports was about 110 million euro. Our country mostly exported frozen and dried vegetables, mainly tomatoes, peppers, gherkins, beans, garlic.
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