Pik Juzni Banat
“From farm to fork” is what Agromarket Group is about. The beginning but also the ending in the whole chain belongs to one of the most prominent members – PIK “Juzni Banat” from Bela Crkva. Owing to the company management strategy implemented by excellent engineers, in the last decade this fruit plant succeeded to regain the respect and the fame that this region had been famous for long ago, in the times of Austria-Hungary, when grapes, wine and fruit were demanded throughout the monarchy, especially in Vienna.
How to return on the path of fame? Since privatization in 2003 the main company Agromarket has been investing in new technologies and perennial plantations of apples, peaches, nectarines and vine but most of all in staff education. Role models have been the most successful regions in Europe such as South Tirol (Sud Tirol) for apple production, Cesene region for peaches and nectarines and Puglia for edible grapes.
The result of this orientation is in 220 ha under apple trees with modern cultivars such as Idared (49ha), Golden delicious (51ha), Granny Smith (53ha), Red delicious (22ha), Breaburn (16ha) and Gala mondial (9ha). There are also cultivars Belgolden, Gala Brookfiled, Mariri red, Granny Smith clone Challenger, Red delicious clone Camspur which are demanded on the markets of the Russian federation but in EU countries as well. Average yield of 60t/ha of high-quality apples provides continuous supply of these demanding markets.
Peaches and nectarines are grown on 160 ha; the most popular ones are Springold, Springcrest, Crest heaven, Fayet, Suncrest, Royal glory, Big top, Stark red gold, Caldesi 2000, Morsianni, Rita star.
More than 700 t of wine and edible grapes are produced on more than 100 ha of vineyards, wine sorts Black burgundy, Chardonnay, Traminac, Semillon, as well as edible sorts Victoria and Muscat Hamburg.
The employees of the plant are especially proud of the production of more than 100.000 seedlings of apples and pears by “Knip” technology. They are intended for expansion of existing plantations as well as further sale.
Privatization brought something new as well- turning to cultivation of field crops. Following the company policy and in order to provide quality raw materials for processing centers in Kikinda and Sabac, most of the surface areas are under stubble crops with dominating high-yield sorts of domestic and foreign selection houses, seed wheat and barley, seed and commercial corn, as well as sunflower. One of many advantages for such record yields and quality is also the irrigation system covering more than 80% of field crops.
In the last few years the plant has been producing the record amounts of fruit, especially apples. Owing to continuous care, good technology of fertilization, pruning and protection from diseases, pests and weeds, and even with bad weather conditions 9000 t have been picked in 2012. Every year has its record so in 2012 Reinders in its second year gave 39.5 t/ha. 130 ha of peaches and nectarines gave the yield of 1700 t.
Due to quality systems introduced (ISO, Global Gap), fruit products are classified, packed and exported to the very choosy market of the Russian Federation. Exhibitions on agricultural fairs in Berlin and Moscow in the past few years have only strengthened the position that PIK “Juzni Banat” held and still holds since the main aim is production of top quality and healthy products.
Since the first ten years were devoted to staff education and new technologies, in the next period activities will be directed to: