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24. November 2020.

Bujanovac - Although it is located barely twenty kilometers from Bujanovac, the mountain village of Jastrebac, due to the bad roads, is a kind of “Neverland”. But, right there, father and son Momir and Dusan Stanojevic produce up to five tons of honey per year. Moreover, in a village with only ten or so inhabitants, their 300 beehives, they say, is a real family treasure.

At the same time, the experience of Momir, who is in his early 60’s, and the innovations that 28-year-old Dusan brings to the development of rural agriculture make their product special and recognizable on the honey market in Serbia.

"We started the business in 1997 and had an enviable number of hives, but from year to year there is less and less honey because the weather conditions affect the yields for hives, in terms of honey production. By the way, not everything in this business is "milk and honey", there is always work to be done, and the work is done especially in the spring and when honey is made, "says Momir, who spent his working life in the Army of Serbia, in the barracks in Vranje and Bujanovac, but he never left his homeland.

His son Dusan lives in the town situated under Mt. Przar and almost every day goes to his homeland in an all-terrain vehicle to help his parents. While analyzing the statistics that show that Serbia is the country with the largest number of hives per capita, he plans to improve his business by producing the famous bee venom, which is increasingly used in the pharmaceutical industry.

“It takes up to 20,000 stings to get one gram of apitoxin, the market price of which ranges from 50 to 70 euros. That is why we are entering this business very seriously, not wanting to neglect our core business, and we also have plans that can improve the development of tourism in this area. Our farm is my choice. My father invested a lot in it and that is now paid off since the customers recognize our efforts and honest work ", Dusan says.  

What is also especially interesting is that the Stanojevics work successfully in the village without almost any conditions for a decent life. Among other things, there is not a single store in the village of Jastrebac, but the hard-working hosts, jokingly, interpret that as an advantage. They say that it is this "raw" and untouched nature, which makes life harder, especially with the coming of cold days, which gives their honey a special "flavor". 

Source: “Evening News” daily and Coordination Body