Orchard of the Marković family has been rehabilitated with the EU support
Thanks to the donation of the European Union, the Marković family orchard in the Village of Cerova near Krupanj, which was damaged by the floods and the landslide, was in full bloom this spring. With 300 donated plum seedlings, Miodrag Marković’s plum orchard amounts to 500 trees spreading across their land.
Besides plum trees, the Marković grow hazelnut and cherry trees, raspberries and blackberries, and sell fresh fruit to cold storages and fruit dryer facilities. They also process plums into brandy and jam and sell them in the green market. So far, they did not hire seasonal workers, but when picking season comes, neighbours and friends come to help.
“Since agriculture is our only source of income, we highly appreciate the donation received from the European Union. Now we have two hectares of land covered by orchards and hope to soon have subsidies for fruit production,” Jelena Marković said.