Year 2023, Volume 8, Issue 1

Year : 2023
Volume : 8
Issue : 1
Authors : Marija MARKOVIĆ
Abstract : Roses are an important part of the flower production in Serbia. The rose cut flowers, grafted plants and rootstocks are produced for both domestic and international market. During the past three years, Covid-19 pandemic influenced production and consumption of roses worldwide, so the aim of this study was to determine how the pandemic influenced export and import of roses in Serbia. In order to obtain more accurate data, the roses trade in Serbia during pandemic years (2020 and 2021) was compared to the average data for five year period before the pandemic (2015-2019). The rose plants (both grafted and rootstocks) have considerably larger share in rose export compared to cut roses. Before the pandemic the average export of rose plants was 1104.72 metric tons with average value of 2.28M (USD). However, in 2021 the quantity of exported plants remained almost the same (1102.7 tons) but the value increased by 41.9% (3.23M). The export markets also changed. For example, Russia was the main importer of Serbian rose plants before the pandemic. However export to Russia decreased by 52.16% while export to EU rose by 244% in 2021. The export of cut roses also increased considerably during the pandemic by 648%, from an average 0.03M before pandemic to 0.2M in 2021. In Serbia, the pandemic did not have a negative impact on roses production and trade, and export increased considerably. However, international market may change again after the pandemic and it is important to work on improving roses production in Serbia and increasing the competitiveness on international markets.
For citation : Marković, M. (2023). Influence of the Covid-19 pandemic on the import and export of roses in Serbia. AGROFOR International Journal, Volume 8. Issue No. 1 pp. 5-10. DOI: 10.7251/AGRENG2301005M
Keywords : cut roses production, roses trade, grafted roses market, roses rootstock plants.
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