Serbia has enough food for the whole region and beyond

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Serbia expects a harvest of 3.5 million tons of wheat this year, and in the case of favorable weather conditions, corn slightly more than seven million tons, said Assistant Minister of Agriculture Vedrana Ilic.

Serbia also has a significant production of sunflower, sugar beet and soybeans, Ilić mentioned and added that we currently have enough food for our own needs, but also for the entire region and traditional customers.

Serbia is one of the 10 largest producers of cereals, as well as one of the largest producers of raspberries, plums, apples and other fruits, which can significantly contribute to improving world food production, said Ilicava, who participated in a video conference at a ministerial conference in Berlin late last week within the G7 set of countries.

“We have shown our readiness for cooperation and assistance through many activities so far, but probably the most important of them is the Open Balkans initiative, which helps the development of the entire Western Balkans and is the most important regional project for Serbia.” The initiative, which currently includes Serbia, Northern Macedonia and Albania, is open and accessible to anyone who wants to join”, Ilic said, according to the Ministry of Agriculture.

Good neighborly and bilateral relations, she pointed out, are key to economic prosperity.

She pointed out the importance of improving the food system and that Serbia is committed to the path to the EU.

“Proof of that is the opening of the ‘green’ cluster in the negotiations on joining the EU in December 2021, which is a new step closer to membership after the adoption of the new methodology,” said Ilic.

She stressed the need to harness the power of knowledge and improve food systems to provide safe food, accessible to all, while conserving natural resources and combating climate change, implementing and developing best agricultural practices, improving food distribution systems and reducing waste. food.

The participants in the ministerial conference were invited to take further joint action in all these areas and to join the Global Alliance for Food Safety, which was launched in Berlin on May 18 and 19 this year, Tanjug reports.