Vojvodina has close to 26,000 hectares of vineyards with the area growing year-on-year. Since this requires the logistical support of experienced people, the construction of the Institute for Viticulture and Oenology in Sremski Karlovci will commence.
Decades of professional and scientific work represent a particularly important segment of viticulture and wine-making, a tradition that links producers and the Faculty of Agriculture.
“We have come up with the very idea of developing this Institute in cooperation with producers, the Vojvodinian government and, of course, on our own initiative; we have all recognized that it is of great importance in order to improve our viticulture. With the latest technologies and techniques, including conservation, we expect that the development of this Institute and viticulture in Serbia and in the region will be significantly improved,” said Professor Dragoslav Ivanisevic.
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In regard to viticulture and winemaking, the students of the Faculty of Agriculture of Novi Sad, have so far had the student practice only Sremski Karlovci, where the construction of this structure is planned.
“The future National Institute of Viticulture and Oenology will be of great importance to our students, first of all, because they will be able to validate their theoretical and practical knowledge in one place, and at the same time, it serves as a centre where we will welcome all stakeholders related to viticulture. The Institute will have state-of-the-art equipment which will be available to all wine producers,” said Professor Nedeljko Tica, PhD, Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture in Novi Sad.
The provincial government has encouraged the technological development of viticulture with important financial subsidies.
“Vine growers and winemakers began receiving state incentives only in 2017. In three years, we have invested 160 million dinars in the equipment for wineries throughout Vojvodina together with wine producers. These are significant investments in the acquisition of state-of-the-art equipment with the aim of improving quality wine-making and having more competitive wines,” said Vuk Radojevic, Provincial Secretary for Agriculture, has said.
The aim of the future Institute, first and foremost, to educate and inform adequately, all with the intention of helping vine-growers to increase the production of wine.
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