The bioenergy plant in Curug is likely one of the largest in Europe, as electrical energy is obtained from manure
Serbian farmers have a solution to the challenges of the green and circular economy. The bio-plant on the farm with 2,200 cattle processes manure and biomass into electricity and heat, and organic fertilizer has enabled them to certify 1,700 hectares of organic arable land.
They provide organic cereals that are used in the only animal feed factory in the region.
“We are now involved in the management of organic non-plastic waste as the last link where waste is treated and destroyed. Over 7,000 tons of organic non-plastic waste ends up in our plant annually and is used to produce electricity and fertilizers,” said Jovica Kosanovic, technical director.
The cows are free, and mostly calve themselves. 6,000,000 liters of organic milk are delivered annually. Calves come first, they are breastfed by a feeding robot, and their treat is veal muesli.
“Every calf has a collar with a risponder. During feeding, that robot gives a certain amount of milk on a daily basis,” points out the farm manager Aleksandar Vojkić.
The Ministry of Agriculture subsidizes the use of renewable energy sources in agriculture through national and IPARD measures.
“Depending on the sector that is competing – whether it is fruit, vegetables, meat or milk – I must say that the dairy sector can achieve IPARD incentives of up to two million euros,” said Assistant Minister of Agriculture Aleksandar Bogicevic.
The farm is as clean as a pharmacy, and the fermented manure smells of profit. Experimental production of chicken in accordance with the Rulebook on animal welfare enabled them to sell to a buyer known in advance, at twice the price.
Curug proves that the agriculture of the future is not only a factory of healthy food but also energy with significant educational and tourist potential.