Beans are sown less and less in Serbia, and more and more are imported, although its cultivation can still be profitable. A number of domestic growers have still not given up on this business.
Data from the Serbian Chamber of Commerce (PKS). During 2020, 14,705 tons of beans came to Serbia, mostly from Kyrgyzstan, Bulgaria, and Poland. Those who prefer home-made products in markets and supermarkets must take a good look at the declaration or simply buy from local producers.
Probably, the production of imported is cheaper, but regardless of the price, domestic is always in demand.
Sowing and producing beans is an area of agriculture that, like any other, requires initial investment, adequate mechanization, experience and knowledge, and a lot of work, whether mechanical or manual.
Large investments in production
In order to achieve a good crop and ensure profitability from cultivation, it is crucial to ensure favorable conditions. You need quality seeds, good soil – beans like loose, fertile and humus that needs to be well prepared, and during growth and development it needs a lot of water.
Marko Trivunović has been sowing beans for years, and this spring he started production on an area of about seven hectares. He mainly sows yellow-green and colorful and has gained a lot of experience so far.
Trivunović says that he imports the seeds of the sardine, he needs about 125 kilograms of seeds in one morning, that is, about 200 kilograms per hectare.
Yellow-green goes a little less, 80 kilograms per acre of land, or about 150 kilograms per hectare.
“Seeds are an important item in production, as well as preparations based on copper for protection against downy mildew. Also, large investments are in irrigation, (which) there is no good production,” said Trivunović. He added that he uses 25 liters of fuel per acre of land for one watering of his bean plants.