In 2020, despite the coronavirus pandemic, Serbia exported agricultural and food products worth a total of 4.2 billion US dollars, Minister of Agriculture Branislav Nedimovic said in the National Parliament yesterday.
He said that, in 2017, the country exported $2.8 billion worth of agricultural produce and food while five years ago, the export amounted to $1.9 billion. Last year’s export success is due to Serbia exporting to new markets and the quality of exported goods.
According to Nedimovic, Serbia did not export food to the Chinese market while now the list of exported products is long and ranges from beef to honey and wine, while apples are exported to the Indian market and beef to Turkey.
“As of yesterday, we are again exporting beef on the basis of the free trade agreement with Turkey. There are many other similar examples,” Nedimovic said.
The Minister added that Serbia should look at the Middle East market because it is very financially sound. Also, Southeast Asia is quite attractive as Serbia can export pork there. He said that Serbia has already requested the export of pork to Vietnam and is waiting for a response.
“Vietnam is one of the biggest consumers of pork in the world. Although the country is quite far away, they pay really well for good pork,” Nedimovic said, concluding that, for now, Serbia focuses its export mainly on the EU and CEFTA countries.
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