“Our village” is the name of the new Delta Holding’s project through which the company wants to start the development of agriculture in undeveloped areas and restructuring of villages in Serbia. For the beginning, the villages Dubočane and Mala Jasikova in Zaječar area were selected, and the decision was announced to the locals by the president of Delta Holding Miroslav Mišković and the mayor of Zaječar, Boško Ničić.
Delta will help locals of two selected villages to significantly improve the level of agricultural production, as well as social and cultural life in their villages. The plan is to bring them to the level of villages in the developed parts of Europe. Delta Agrar experts will advise farmers in the field about protection, cultivation and selection of fruits, the selection of animal breeds and their proper breeding, as well as every other task on which depends the success of agricultural production. To make this project sustainable, Delta will guarantee the purchase of manufactured goods, because the placement of goods was one of the biggest problems for manufacturers in this region so far.
This project also includes improvement of cultural and social life in these villages. Donor funds will be used for the reconstruction of institutions that are important for the life of the entire village, such as school, the cultural and health center, but also for the organization of cultural and entertainment events. The aim is to make the life for people from Dubočane and Mala Jasikova better in the shortest possible time, so that it could potentially bring back those who left these villages in search for a better future. The long-term goal of the project is that these villages reach the level of modern European villages and to enable those who emigrated, especially young individuals and families, to return.
Fifty locals from the villages of Dubočane and Mala Jasikova, within the “Naše selo” project already had their first study tour. They have visited the properties of Delta Agar in Čelarevo and Stara Pazova, which is just a beginning of their education for modern agricultural production.
On the “Podunavlje” property in Čelarevo, producers from these two villages could see the modern way of cultivating apples, drop-by-drop irrigation system, computerized monitoring of weather conditions and other technological achievements that allow average yields of over 70 tons per hectare of orchards.
On the farm “Napredak” in Stara Pazova they had a chance to see a modern farm of dairy cows. Thanks to the selection of breed and living conditions and milking, these cows give 40 liters of milk per day.
The project “Our Village” was launched with the full support of the local community. The city of Zajecar not only encourages the locals to take part into the project, but also suggests its involvement and the possibility of spreading the action to other villages in this part of eastern Serbia.