Friday, 8 July 2011 16:12
Thirty-Seventh Sitting of the Agriculture Committee
At the sitting held on 8 July the Agriculture Committee considered the Information of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management on the preparations for the sowing of wheat and other stubble cereals for the 2011 crop, prices and storage possibilities in public warehouses.
Momcilovic said that wheat was sown on about 490 000 hectares and the average yield is 3.8 tons per hectare which is low. He stressed that the Serbian Government decided to buy 100 000 tons of wheat for 20 RSD per kilo, including VAT, which is a better price than the ones on the Budapest and Paris markets.
The public warehouses’ storage capacities exceed 34 000 tons, and about 40 000 tons of storage capacities are currently being licensed, said the State Secretary. He also announced that the Ministry would speed up the warehouse licensing so as that the total capacities may shortly reach between 400 000 and 500 000 tons, with the provision that all who want to join the public warehouse system must meet certain technical, safety and financial conditions.
Accepting the information, the Committee members made various suggestions and comments on the preparations for the sowing of wheat and other cereals. They emphasised the need to increase the wheat storage capacities, and the state with its measures should prevent the attempts at brokering on the market and pulling down of the producers’ price of wheat.
The Committee members asked when the announced subsidies for agricultural producers would be paid, and State Secretary Momcilovic said that it would start next Tuesday.
The Committee went on to consider several issues and proposals within its scope of competence.
The sitting was chaired by Prof. Dr Zoran Masic, Committee Chairman.
Committees related to this activity
10.00 - the members of the PFG with Greece meet with the Greek Minister of Tourism and Parliamentary delegation (National Assembly House, 13 Nikola Pasic Square, hall 2)
10.50 - the National Assembly Speaker meets with the Greek Minister of Tourism (National Assembly House, 13 Nikola Pasic Square, hall 1)