Name Krstić Nikola’s Agricultural Economy
GGN 4052852651110
Country Serbia

Profile

Agricultural Economy of Krstić Nikola operates 25 hectares of open land and 3 hectares of greenhouses where we grow potatoes, tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, onions and cabbage. Krstić Nikola is located in the village of Bogojevce in southern Serbia, and is the working place for 35 people. All our fields were GLOBALG.A.P. certified in 2013. We are one of 20 small-scale farmers in Serbia who have implemented the GLOBALG.A.P.  Standard in our agricultural practice.

 

Achievements

Adopting the GLOBALG.A.P. Standard made us more competitive on the market. We supply nearly 5,000 students with fresh and healthy vegetables everyday.

The owner, Nikola Krstić, believes that employees play an important role in the development of the both farm and the village. Some of the arrangements he made for his workers include:

1. Free meal everyday (breakfast and lunch).

2. Minivan transports workers from their home to farms and back.

3. Medical care service for each worker. The owner pays periodical health check-ups for his employees at a public health institute. Each employee must undertake blood and urine analysis.

On our fields, we use a drip irrigation system to ensure the most effective way of using water resources. The agronomist, Slobodan Krstić, calculates the optimal water amount needed for the crops. We make sure that crop requirements are determined according to the crop nature, conditions, soil etc.

Using manure (organic fertilizer) brings us closer to an eco-friendly practice. In order to maintain a continuous production of vegetables all year round, we have installed heating system in greenhouses. We have introduced thermostats to save energy produced in greenhouses. Agricultural economy collaborates with national laboratories for chemical and microbiological analysis of water, soil and final crop products.

In the future, we plan to introduce humble bees (Bombus terrestris) in our greenhouses. These insects are efficient agents in the pollination and fertilization of some vegetable flowers (e.g. peppers, tomatoes). Farmers usually use hormone preparations in flower pollination. Application of more than optimal dosage of hormones can cause phytotoxicity of plants. Using hormones can induce plant disease called grey mold.