Who are the biggest landowners in Serbia?

“According to the first results of the recent Agriculture Census, 3,257,000 hectares of land are used for agricultural activities, which is a 5.25 percent drop from the last census results (3,437,000 hectares),” agro-economist Milan Prostran says.

While we await the detailed elaboration of the latest data, it is worth keeping in mind the results of the last census. At that time, Serbia had 631,522 agricultural holdings and as such, ranked 7th in Europe. Today, the country has 508,365 of them.

However the average farm size of 5.4 hectares at the time was 2.6 times smaller than the average farm size in the European Union. Only four EU members – Greece, Cyprus, Romania and Malta – had smaller average farms.

As for the biggest landowners in Serbia, here are the top five:

  1. Matijević Meat Industry

Matijević Agrar cultivates 36,000 hectares of land throughout Vojvodina and 2,000 in Croatia. They own as much as 33,000 hectares and produce macro components for animal feed. This company has 106 agriculture, commerce and catering companies and the size of the land they own has increased over the years. The last purchase was a majority stake in Mitron Group from Vrbas, which owns 10 other companies including the Banat cooking oil factory and the Sava Kovačević agricultural farm (4,000 hectares).

  1. Al Dahra

The Al Dahra Company has been the second biggest land owner in Serbia for five years thanks to the purchase of part of PKB’s (Belgrade Agricultural Combine) assets in October 2018 for 121 million euros. For that price, Al Dahra got 17,000 hectares of land. According to the contract on the sale of PKB’s assets, Al Dahra had the right to sell 10 percent of the land – that is, 1,700 hectares each year – in the first three years, without the government’s consent. According to available data, this company currently owns 14,429 hectares of land.

  1. MK Group

MK Group cultivates more than 13,500 hectares of land in Vojvodina. On 1,497 hectares of arable land, the company grows vegetables, mainly green beans, peas, sweet corn and potatoes. They have 16.5 hectares of their own vineyards and 85 hectares of apple orchards. They own about 11,000 hectares of land. Most of the land is owned by Carnex, about 3,500 hectares. Agropanonia from Kula has a little more than 2,000 hectares. BD Agro owns around 1,100 hectares, and PIK Bečej owns less than 1,000 hectares. All these companies are part of MK Group.

  1. Delta Holding

Delta cultivates a total of 15,000 hectares on five agricultural estates. Delta Agrar is engaged in farming, fruit and vegetable production and animal husbandry. The company also purchases fruits, vegetables, meat and livestock from other farmers.

  1. Almeks

Almeks from Pančevo, owned by Miroslav Aleksa, owns about 10,000 hectares of land and cultivates a total of 15,000 hectares. Almeks is also known as an importer and distributor of agricultural machinery of well-known brands.

(Forbes, 22.02.2024)


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