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TWO TO FIVE ACRES OF A VARIETY OF VEGETABLES IS ENOUGH FOR A DECENT LIFE OF A FOUR-PERSON FAMILY

28. August 2019.

In order for a family of four to live decently and educate their children, it is necessary to provide a minimum of two, and more often, three to five, acres of various vegetables.

When it comes to smaller areas of land, it is best to grow 10 to 20 different types of vegetables to cover the whole season, that is, to ensure that the vegetable growers have a variety of vegetables and the right amount of them to deliver during the season.

"It is already known that vegetable production is extremely intensive and engages the workforce throughout the year. This is a serious, long-term, commercial family business. In extensive open-field vegetable production, for example, without irrigation systems, you should count on two workers per acre throughout the year. In intensive production, with additional irrigation, you should plan as many as four working-age persons per hectare during the year,” says Professor  Zarko Ilin, PhD, of the Faculty of Agriculture in Novi Sad.

He added that indoor production involved even greater investments per area unit.

“When it comes to the land that is from 800 m2 to 1,000 m2 large, you should count on one person working eight hours a day throughout the year. Simpler forms of protected space, such as tunnel-type greenhouses, from 3.60 m to 4.20 m in height, eight meters in width and five to seven meters in length, can return from their own production everything that has been invested in them in two to three years in extensive production and in two years in intensive production.  

Source: E-Gate and Coordination Body