The Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Serbia organized the meeting of Serbian businessmen and economic delegation of People’s Republic of China, in Belgrade, on December 16th, 2014.
The companies in question are those which deal with the agricultural production and with the import and export of the agricultural products. Representatives of the Farmers’ Cooperative ” PRIMA-BLUEBERRY” attended the meeting, upon the invitation of the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Serbia.
This was a very useful and constructive meeting, at which we were able to meet Chinese businessmen who are interested in cooperation with the Farmers’ Cooperative ”Prima-blueberry”.
These new contacts will help us to continue the cooperation with the People’s Republic of China and hopefully enable the realization of the concrete business negotiations with their companies.
After returning from Holland we got the first shipment of seedlings which we have divided our customers.
A few days ago, we received the second shipment of seedlings from the Netherlands. We began their division. We’ll get some free seedlings, which our customers can book and for spring 2015.
For the first time in Serbia, we received new varieties of blueberries, which the cooperatives “Prima-blueberry” registered. It is about the varieties Draper, Huron and Liberty. These are new varieties, which are the words of our business partners from the Netherlands, is currently the most wanted on the market blueberry seedlings, in addition to the already proven varieties Duke. We got a superior seedlings in the C-2 package, the high of 40-50 cm. Interested kupcii can book seedlings for spring 2015.
For our dear customers we have provided the seedlings for the autumn 2015. The seedlings are packed in two-liter containers (C-2), they are two years old and 40-50cm high. The seedlings in question are the bigger ones, which are the most appropriate for the planting on the open field.
For this year’s autumn season, besides already proven varieties Duke and Bluecrop, we offer new American varieties Draper, Liberty, and Huron, which have shown superior features in production. A novelty in this year’s offer is a new early American variety-Huron. The seedlings are produced in the Netherlands and interested producers can make reservation of them. Orders can be made by the phone numbers 014/3449-253 and 063/640-045, or by an email: firstname.lastname@example.org
For this autumn planting season, for the first time in Serbia, we import a new American variety of blueberry- Draper. The process of registration has been completed and we have the approval of the Ministry of Agriculture that the variety has been registered here, in Serbia. The reservations of the seedlings of Draper have been made with our partners in the Netherlands and the USA. The seedlings are coming to Serbia this autumn, for sure. Draper should have been imported this spring but, due to certain difficulties, its import was postponed until the autumn. The variety’s characteristics: Draper comes to picking several days before Bluecrop. With its strong and upright bush it is a highly productive plant. The fruit is light blue, steadily large, very homogeneous, with the firm and crispy fruit meat, small picking scar, strong cuticle, and exceptionally mild sourish flavor. Fresh fruits can be kept 10-15 days longer than other varieties of blueberry, which is its great advantage. Draper is a fruit species whose production and ripening time are such, that they bring a substantial income and profit.
The owner of the biggest blueberry plantation and the most famous producer of blueberry seedlings in America Mike Degrandchamp said about Draper: ‘’I have been writing about the new variety of the Michigan State University-Draper for a few years. In 2012 Draper was the most impressive variety of the mid-early ripening time. I am sure no other bush could give more fruit. The quality and the size are excellent, and the fruits can be kept in the fridge for a few weeks. The fruit is crispy and has an excellent taste. In 2012, for the first time, we mechanically picked the blueberries which were put on the market as the fresh ones. I was impressed. Draper has the potential to be the number one variety which can be picked mechanically and sold as the fresh fruit’’.
For the first time we import into Serbia a smaller amount of an, also new, American variety- Liberty. The variety is of a late ripening time and has great natural characteristics. We have decided to make this step in order to extend the bearing season in which we offer fresh blueberries on domestic market, but for the export as well. The experience so far indicates that an excellent price is established in the beginning of picking of the early varieties, but also that the price of blueberry significantly goes up at the end of the picking season, both on the domestic and the European market, at the time when picking of the existing varieties ends. Liberty is, with its ripening time (the end of August, covering almost the whole September) going to bridge the gap on domestic but on the European market as well, reaching a very good price. Variety’s characteristics: Liberty is an American plant patent 15146 produced in 2003, on the State University of Michigan. It has a strong and upright bush with the numerous shoots, and it is highly resistant to coldness. Growing on the outside of the bush, the berries may be middle to huge. They have dry picking scar, exquisite blue powder, excellent color and flavor, and are easily picked. This variety is very suitable for storing and keeping. It starts to ripen late, not until the end of August.
Besides Liberty, also for the first time in Serbia we import a new early American variety Huron. Prima–blueberry was not only the first to register this variety in Serbia, but it is the first that has the approval to distribute this variety outside the boundaries of the USA, even before the EU. It is a new early variety of blueberry which ripens 1-2 days after Duke, but whose berries are larger and much tastier than Duke’s. Similar to Draper, it is a variety with the extended period of keeping in fresh state, from 10-15 days. In comparison to other varieties it can be kept longer in fresh state. It blooms late so it is very resistant to winter frosts. Huron was created on the State University in Michigan (USA) in 2011.
Farmers’ Cooperative ”PRIMA –BLUEBERRY” has proved to have the best offer of the blueberry seedlings on the Serbian market. Our seedlings were imported from the Netherlands, the country which produces the high quality seedlings in Europe. The seedlings are two years old (the real two-year old seedlings, not the fake ones), they are packed in two-litre containers (C-2), and they are 40-50 cm high, with the well developed branches of the plants. This year, apart from Duke and Bluecrop, we have imported three new blueberry varieties: Huron, Draper and Liberty, and this allowed us to offer definitely the widest assortment of blueberries. A completely clear deduction can be made: The widest assortment with the top quality seedlings is offered by the Farmers’ Cooperative ” Prima-blueberry”.
Many years of experience in blueberry growing and a substrate application during the planting have resulted in creating the substrate that has an extraordinary influence on the plants’ development. We have been improving the production of the substrate for years, enriching it with the new components. In this way, we are making the product necessary to blueberry and cranberry plants.
The substrate has been used on the plantation whose pH value of the soil was 7,8 and this is far from suitable for blueberry planting. This example of the substrate application shows that blueberries can be planted on the soil with the acidity not suitable for their growing, because the results after the application of the substrate were remarkably good. Farmers’ Cooperative “Prima-blueberry” also recommends this substrate to producers who own the soil with the suitable pH, but in smaller amounts since it improves the acidity, raises the level of humus and improves the structure of the soil. These are the three elements which are, apart from water, essential for blueberry growing.
The Cooperative “Prima-blueberry” provided a sufficient number of high-quality seedlings for the autumn 2015. We are offering the new varieties of blueberry such as Draper, Liberty, and Huron. We are the first in Serbia who have officially registered these varieties for the market sale. Apart from these new varieties, we are also offering those already present on our market – Duke and Bluecrop.
The Cooperative had a very good sale of the seedlings for the autumn season 2014 and spring season 2015. In this way, we raised around 12 ha of the new blueberry plantations.
We are continuing the final negotiations for the sale of our blueberry on the European market but on the market of the People’s Republic of China as well. We are going to choose the associate who can offer the best conditions for our producers.
The Cooperative works intensively on finding out the solution for building its own production capacities, building premises for storing and obtaining a machine for automatic blueberry packing. This is a long-term and serious work, but we are going to work on it perseveringly, hoping to reach the expected goal.
The Cooperative offers, along with the premium quality of fresh blueberries, a wide range of different packages tailored to the specific markets needs.
Blueberry for European and Russian market is packed in small plastic containers (punnets) of 125g and 250g.
Each transport cardboard box consists of 8 of these small containers.
For United Kingdom market we offer 225g punnets, and transport boxes which can hold 24 such containers.
With the timely agreement, we are willing to provide some other packaging, respecting our customer’s needs. Each potential customer can be assured of our blueberry quality. Only large, juicy, ripe, firm and undamaged berries can be found in our packages!
Package for the European and Russian market .
Package for the United Kingdom‘s market