Berry Production in Serbia





Faculty of Agriculture, Belgrade University, Nemanjina 6, 11080 Belgrade, Serbia 2 Fruit Research Institute, Kralja Petra I, No 9, 32000 Čačak, Serbia

The State of Berry Production in Serbia y
Berries have special significance in Serbia because they represent an important export product. Serbia is among the leading world countries according to raspberry and blackberry production, whereas strawberry production is less important. Currants and blueberries h bl b i have b been i introduced to production only d d d i l recently.

Raspberry (Rubus ideaus L.) is a leading berry in Serbia, and together with blackberry, plum and sour cherry, is one of the p p y p most exported products. In recent years, its production has ranged between 60,000 and 70,000 t. It is estimated that there are about 15,000 producers, and that raspberry areas occupy about 15,500 ha.

Production is mainly realised in the hilly-mountainous regions of western and south-western Serbia. .3ha) is one of the greatest obstacles to yield increase and modernization of the production.2 – 0. A great fragmentation of raspberry fields (0.

Growing technology is conventional and vertical trellis system prevails prevails. .

near Šabac. The biggest one. This company is also owner of two combines for mechanized harvesting. . has orchards on the total area of 52 ha located in Mačva region. “Libertas” company.There are only a few larger complexes of raspberry orchards in Serbia.

very productive cultivar.The leading cultivar is Willamette with approximately 95% of production. Willamette Meeker Late season cultivar. This cultivar is also acceptable for fresh market! market! . with excellent raspberry flavour. followed by cv Meeker (4% of production). It produces large and uniform fruit which gives high % of rollend frozen quality category. flavour. category. whereas all the other cultivars participate with only 1% 1%.

Tulameen Glen Ample Mid season cultivars with high yields of large berries cultivars Excellent fruit flavour and quality Good f it G d fruit presentation f easy picking t ti for i ki The cultivars These cultivars are particularly suitable for fresh market! market! .

Primocane fruiting raspberry cultivars are being slowly introduced into production on the total area of 20 ha ha. Trellis is not required ! These cultivars offer an additional method of production which p reduces labour costs. canes are simply mowed down early each spring and the crop is borne on the primocanes in the late summer and fall. .

New orchards of primocane fruiting raspberry cultivars Cv Heritage Cv Polka .

• Fruit is medium-sized and has good colour and flavour. Large. to dark red berries with high firmness Excellent sweet flavour •The primocane crop ripens relatively late. medium oval-conical. • High yielding cultivar.Polka Heritage • • • Polka ripens much earlier than Heritage. firmness. oval conical. and good freezing quality. .

Autumn Bliss Polana • The main advantages of these cultivars are: • Early ripening time (10-14 days before Heritage) • Hi h yields High i ld Both cultivars produce attractive and high quality berries suitable for high fresh consumption and processing .

. Gries 46%. frozen. Polana Fractions of f F ti f frozen raspberry: b Rollend 45%.e. After the end of the picking season the raspberries are classified into the mentioned categories. and exported within two quality categories: rollend and gries. Bruh 5% and Block 4%.The main raspberry production is processed. i.

new cultivars suitable for fresh consumption. The closeness of market and attractive price.The export of fresh raspberries from Serbia is negligible. negligible Bad organization of harvesting and lack of producers’ and exporters’ interests in this business are the main reasons for this state. possibility of out of season raspberry production are major reasons which could contribute t th d ti j hi h ld t ib t to the orientation of our raspberry production and placement toward that goal. .

000 t in 2007. only about 10. and later.500 t on the total area of 5. Its production in 2005 reached 25. it increased to 30. . our country became the second largest blackberry producer in the world. Due to a large amount of unsold blackberry in 2007.000 t was produced and sold in 2008.Blackberry y Blackberry (Rubus fruticosus L.500 ha.) is the second most important berry in Serbia. following the USA. Therefore. when it reached a rather high price.

Morava River b i and P Ri basin d Pocerina. Mačva. i .The main production areas are in Central Serbia.

.Čačanska bestrna Black Saten Thornfree The predominant cultivar is Čačanska bestrna (50% of total production). followed by Thornfree and Black saten .

such as: Triple crown Early trials indicate that Triple crown h l may ripen earlier than Chester and is similar to Chester in winter hardiness! Chester thornless Jumbo .There are only a few new thornless cultivars which are being introduced into production.

Strawberry y Strawberry (Fragaria ananassa Duch. southern Serbia.) occupies the third position according to the importance and the extent of production. total production area is only 3.000t in 2007. Mačva etc. but now we can notice a decreasing trend of strawberry production. . Its production achieved 30.000 ha. Morava River basin. It is mainly grown in Belgrade region. Despite suitable ecological conditions for strawberry growing.

Favette and Senga Sengana. are predominant in the production because they are adaptable to the growing systems without plastic mulches and irrigation.Senga Sengana Favette Old cultivars. .

Favette Senga Sengana .

Newly established modern strawberry orchards .

newly introduced cultivars (Madeleine. l El lb El ) h h ll l . Queen Elisa) have shown excellent results. Marmolada. Clery.Marmolada Onebor Madeleine Civmad In recent years. Elsanta. Alba.

5 – gp p ) 1 kg per plant) as result of the influence of climate and applied growing technology. Generally.Elsanta Queen elisa In our ecological conditions it expressed yield variations (0. excellent quality and pleasant flavour. Generally this cultivar is superior to other cultivars regarding early ripening time. . g p y high productivity and fruit firmness.

.Clery Alba They have become very popular cultivars of high commercial value based on their earliness and excellent fruit quality.

d t . but there is also export of frozen products.Large amount of strawberries is realised as a fresh product on domestic market.

). . Berkeley. Duke.Blueberry Highbush blueberry ( (Vaccinium corymbosum L. Total production areas presently range from 60 to 70 ha ha. Reka etc. Highbush blueberry cultivars are mostly grown (Bluecrop.) h b b ) has been slowly l l expanding throughout Serbia. Ozark blue. especially in the area of western Serbia.

Arilje .

Berries are medium to large.Berkeley Bluecrop Ozarkblue Mid season highbush blueberry cultivars with high yields (end of June J ne . light blue with great flavour.beginning of J l ) July). .

It is one of the most adaptable cultivars we have seen.Duke Those are of special interest because of large and attractive berries as well as early ripening. i i Reka Bred in New Zealand . Fruit has better flavour than Duke and excellent freezing quality. quality .

so total production ranges from 100 to 150 t. There are also older orchards in western Serbia. Ribes rubrum) are randomly grown in Serbia on total production area of approximately 50 ha with negligible yields. . mostly including red currants.Currants Currants (Ribes nigrum.


Ben Sarek Ben Lomond Titania Presently. there is an expansion of black currant cultivars and these cultivars are mostly grown in newly established orchards. l bli h d h d .

They are mostly suitable for fresh consumption! .Rondom Junifer Rovada Among the red currant cultivars these presented above have the dominant share.

Zitavia) are present in smaller extent within production. Blanka.Blanka Zitavia White currant cultivars (Primus. .

Blackberry production should be maintained at the same level with the introduction of new cultivars. production should b xp nd d . . ith intention to increase export of fresh raspberries and to extend h t d harvesting s s sti season. .The level of strawberry production should be enhanced with intensification of growing systems.Cu nt and blu b Currant nd blueberry p ducti n sh uld be expanded. .CONCLUSIONS -R Raspberry will remain a l di b b ill i leading berry i S bi with in Serbia.

what will be of special interest to us in the future are the f f following subjects: g j • To intoduce new berries: chockeberry and cranberry (lingonberry) • To implement GLOBAL GAP standard for q quality assurance y • To apply mechanized harvesting • To build smaller processing facilities • Permanent training of producers • More aggressive marketing with goal to enhance berries consumption consumption.. .Challenges and plans Besides all mentioned.


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