Several associations of farmers in Serbia requested today that the state buy 200,000 tons of wheat for commodity reserves at 50 dinars per kilogram.
Association ‘Pancevo Farmers’, Association ‘Agrarian Forum’ from Pancevo and ‘Civil Disobedience’ from Dolovo demand that the state buy 200,000 tons of wheat from the new variety for commodity reserves, which is about ten percent of the expected yield, because in many cases it is a strategic food product, not peas and green beans “, it is stated in the announcement of the farmers, Beta reports.
It is added that “the purchase price of this year’s wheat must be at least 50 dinars per kilogram because the inputs increased from 20 to 300 percent and thus significantly increased production costs.”
Farmers stated that the state of Serbia, which has opted for European integration, should allow a free market and allow the export of cereals, especially because the warehouses are full of wheat and corn before the harvest.
“In order for our farmers to compete with European farmers, the state must return the basic incentives – subsidies per hectare, as in the EU, in the amount of 200 euros, because the current incentives cannot be sustained,” the farmers said in a statement, Politika reports.