Turkey’s ETCII to open an abattoir in Serbia

The Turkish company, ETCII, which is engaged in the production of red meat, is interested in opening an abattoir in Serbia. The value of the investment is between EUR 8 million and EUR 10 million, and the company plans to employ around 100 workers at the abattoir.

There are seven possible locations for the abattoir, all in Central Serbia, with the representatives of the company having already visited some of them. The official opening of the slaughterhouse is envisaged for in March 2019, and the investors plan to export 80% of the total production. This is a greenfield investment which means that the Turks will not buy an existing plant, but will build from scratch.

According to the Serbian media, the Minister of Agriculture, Branislav Nedimovic negotiated the opening of the ETCII abattoir during his recent official visit to Istanbul.

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“It is in our best interest to have as many slaughterhouses as possible that would export meat to the Turkish market. It’s important to know that there is an export quota of 5,000 tonnes of meat in place,  which means that we have to have between 15,000 and 16,000 heads of cattle to fulfill that quota. Higher the duty-free export quota, higher our livestock production which is the driving force behind most of the other agricultural activities”, said Nedimovic, adding that Serbia had already reached an agreement with China concerning the export of beef, while the beef export agreement with the United Arab Emirates is pending.

“ETCII has visited several locations in Serbia, and so far, they liked Cacak and Kragujevac the most”, the minister reveals.

(eKapija, 10.05.2018)



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