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Serbian Agriculture Minister Unveils Comprehensive Strategic Plan for Agricultural Progress

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Salman Akhtar
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Serbian Agriculture Minister Unveils Comprehensive Strategic Plan for Agricultural Progress

Serbian Minister of Agriculture, Jelena Tanasković, recently laid out a comprehensive strategic plan for the progress of the nation's agriculture. The plan pivots around seven key goals, addressing a gamut of issues from irrigation and afforestation to compliance with EU norms, and was announced at the energy and ecology conference at Kopaonik, hosted by the Serbian Chamber of Commerce.

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Watering the Seeds of Progress

The prime objective of this strategy is the irrigation of farmland—a move aimed at enhancing crop productivity. The government intends to irrigate over 100,000 hectares in the next four years, marking a significant step towards agricultural advancement.

Afforestation and Green Transition

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The second target involves a two-pronged approach towards afforestation and green transition. The government plans to curb disorderly logging, which has been a pressing issue. Tanasković highlighted that while forested areas have increased from 2.2 million hectares in 2012 to 3.5 million hectares, this is still not enough. The green transition, on the other hand, involves transitioning to sustainable practices in various agricultural operations.

Infrastructure and Legislation

The strategy also includes the construction of wastewater treatment plants, with 30 new facilities currently underway. Alongside this, the introduction of new regulations and alignment with EU standards form the fifth goal of this comprehensive plan. This will ensure better regulation and standardization of agricultural practices across Serbia.

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Organic Production and Plant Protection

Continued development of organic production and the sustainable use of plant protection products are also integral parts of this strategic plan. The Serbian government has identified a need for more stringent plant protection, and a reduction of 113 preparations from the list this year is a step in that direction. Tanasković emphasised the need for this information to reach farmers effectively.

Strategic Cooperation in Energy with Hungary

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Additionally, Serbia has entered into a strategic cooperation with Hungary in the field of energy, intending to diversify its energy sources and increase gas supply from Azerbaijan. This partnership has helped both nations overcome the energy crisis spurred by the war in Ukraine. New interconnectors will be built and existing ones expanded to double gas imports from Azerbaijan. Plans are also afoot to construct new oil storage facilities and an oil pipeline to Hungary.

The Role of Media in Society

The report also touched upon the vital role of the newspaper Danas in society. The newspaper's 'Klub italaca Danas' initiative offers subscribers an exclusive early access to news in PDF format, an online archive of the newspaper, discounts with partners, and invitations to events.

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