One of the biggest landowners and agricultural producers in Serbia, Petar Matijevic, says that agriculture is no longer a lucrative business.
“It is not so because the prices of primary agricultural products dropped by 20 to 30 percent over the past five years,” says the Serbian businessman who cultivates land covering the area of 32,000 hectares.
Matijevic believes that Serbia is a closed market because there is no appropriate match between supply and demand, due to the various export restrictions and quotas imposed by Europe.
Petar Matijevic owns more than 19,000 hectares of arable land in Vojvodina and he leases additional 12,000 hectares from the state.
He explains the purchase of land and such data by the fact that in the past period he invested in land because it is the simplest investment, as he says, like buying an apartment.
“Now we are facing hyper-production because we have land, but we do not have subsidies for agriculture or secure export,” Matijevic recalls.
He points out that Europe subsidizes its farmers with 300 to 600 euros per hectare, unlike Serbia, and he believes that we have to make agricultural plans more seriously and for the longer term.