EU4AGRI project helps Serbian grower modernize greenhouse

New automatic watering and heating systems, pumps and wells for supplying water to greenhouses are the latest additions helping expand the production of seedlings and vegetables in the general agricultural cooperative Agrofoodfrom Konjević Polje – a trend it has continuously pursued since its establishment nine years ago.

Agrofood’s Director Senad Omerović explains that the irrigation systems and improved thermal insulation conditions in the 700-square-meter greenhouse, including the construction of a brand new 400-square-meter greenhouse, were secured thanks to EU4AGRI project, allowing for production growth this year.

With agricultural production on the area of 35 dunams, 14 greenhouses and one glass greenhouse, Agrofood is the only certified producer of organic plantings of 15 different types of vegetables, such as several varieties of tomatoes and peppers, cucumbers, watermelons, eggplants and other vegetables, and as of recently, also various flowers.

“We were producing seedlings and at one point developed to the extent where the demand exceeded our production capacity. The greenhouse we used was not suitable, due to poor insulation, the foils covering it were old and we did not have systems for insulation, watering and heating, so we watered with hoses,” says Omerović. “I came up with the idea that we should expand and renew our business, and automate everything. Now it is much easier for us to produce 300,000 seedlings. Before, our annual output used to be 150,000”.

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