Serbia will import about 30,000 tonnes of high-quality wheat by the end of April, as this year’s wheat yield does not meet the high standards of domestic millers and confectioners.
The Serbian government, at their request, allowed the import of duty-free wheat. As Vecernje Novosti learns, the wheat will be imported from Hungary.
Homegrown wheat is much cheaper and costs about 20 dinars per kilo, while the imported one about 25 dinars. The price is dictated by the quality of this year’s wheat.
“Import companies will buy only the top quality wheat that exists in the market. Our wheat currently has an average quality and this year, more than 50 per cent of the crop will end up as animal feed. It was raining in April and our grain is not so good. Therefore, the imported wheat will be mixed with the homegrown one for human use, so that millers and confectioners can get the quality they require for their products,” Minister of Agriculture Branislav Nedimovic says.
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Minister Nedimovic also says that a total of 30,000 tonnes of wheat will be imported from Hungary, which is about one per cent of total yield in Serbia.
Wheat sown on 550,000 hectares
This year, crop growers have sown wheat on 550,000 acres of land, just like last year. According to Vukosav Sakovic, director of the Serbian Wheat Association, says that that’s the average surface under wheat, with the biggest one being 650,000 acres.
“It remains to be seen whether wheat will be of good quality this year, because the past two years were extremely bad for wheat. Last year’s yield was 2.5 million tonnes, of which about 1.2 million tonnes are needed for domestic consumption,” he adds.
(Vecernje Novosti, 23.01.2020)
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