Organic agriculture started in Serbia 20 years ago.
Photo: : A. Milenkovicz

24.08.2012

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Serbia has a high potential for organic agriculture. To tap this potential, GIZ has been supporting the development of the organic farming sector since 2009. This article outlines the measures that have been implemented so far.

In Serbia, eco-climatic and technical resources provide favourable conditions for the production of organic fruits and vegetables, cereals and oil seeds as well as organic livestock production. The north of the country is dominated by plains with rich, fertile soil and plenty of sunny days throughout the year. This region is suitable for organic crop growing. Several producers of vegetables are very well recognised on the local market. The central parts of Serbia, where the terrain consists of hills, low and medium-height mountains and numerous rivers, provide favourable conditions to grow berries and fruits. Many organic producers are organised in group production and produce berries and other fruits intended for export. The south, with its tall mountains and pastures, offers excellent conditions for livestock production. In this region, there are significant resources of old, autochthonous varieties of animal species, but further steps are needed towards their integration into organic production.

Organic agriculture started in Serbia 20 years ago, and since then, the sector has been strengthened by the involvement of an increasing number of producers, institutions and donors.

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