Belarusian tractors dominate Serbian market

13 june 2014 года

Belarus-made vehicles account for about 70% of the tractors, which are sold in Serbia, the press service of the Belarusian Industry Ministry told BelTA.

About 1,000 Belarusian tractors are sold in Serbia every year. Apart from that, sales of Belarusian tractors are on the rise in neighboring markets such as Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro, and Macedonia.

The press service quoted Dragoljub Svonja, Director General of OOO Belarus-Agropanonka, as saying: “After testing tractors made by different manufacturers in the field, our farmers have come to the conclusion that Belarusian tractors represent the best value for money. Western-made vehicles cost much more while they process the same number of hectares. As for Chinese vehicles, the quality is not satisfactory”.

OOO Belarus-Agropanonka has been an official dealer of Minsk Tractor Works (MTZ) for 14 years. The company has been the top tractor seller in Serbia for over five years. In March 2012 the company launched a joint assembly project together with MTZ. The Belarusian company owns 51% of the shares while the Serbian company Agropanonka owns 49%.

According to Dragoljub Svonja, the joint venture makes 300-500 vehicles in Serbia per annum although it can make up to 3,000 vehicles. With this in mind this year they have decided to start making two more models of compact tractors with the engine power of 50hp and 63hp. The decision will make products cheaper and will raise sales.

 An official visit of Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko to Serbia ended on 12 June. As a result of the meetings in Serbia a package of documents was signed to expand cooperation in various spheres. Agreements between industrial enterprises of Belarus and Serbia were signed in the presence of the two heads of state. In particular, the number includes a memorandum on developing MAZ vehicles assembly in Serbia and a memorandum on setting up a facility to assemble low-power tractors in Serbia.

MINSK, 13 June (BelTA)

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