The Italian salad company, La Linea Verde has opened a production facility in the village of Dobrinci near Ruma that will employ 70 people.
Over the course of the project, which will last for three years, the company plans to employ another 50 workers.
The facility spans 6,000 square meters and will produce and package salads. The Italian company welcomes small farms as subcontractors and says that all of its production is intended for export.
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Minister of Agriculture of Serbia, Branislav Nedimovic told the press that the state authorities had approved 24 projects related to the food processing sector and the genetic improvement of the livestock population, including La Line Verde’s.
“Since the production facility is located in a village, local farmers will have easy access to it and sell their vegetables to it”, Nedimovic said.
Representatives of the Ministry of Agriculture have also given La Linea Verde the agreement on the rent of state-owned agricultural land on the right-of-first-refusal basis, consisting of close to 100 hectares of arable land suitable for plastic greenhouses in the neighbouring village of Kraljevci.
The provincial secretary for agriculture, water management and forestry, Vuk Radojevic, said that the investment was worth EUR 10 million in the first project state.
“Vojvodina and Serbia’s agricultural sector need such investors and such investments in the processing capacities, as this creates the prerequisites for producing finished products suitable for export and having an added value”, he said.
Radojevic also said that vegetable production was one of the most developed food industry branches in Ruma since farmers were growing vegetables on a total of 1,500 hectares of land here.
(Vecernje Novosti, 02.11.2018)
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