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Serbia: Organic farming spreads across the land, new interest in Maharishi Vedic Organic Agriculture
by Global Good News staff writer
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23 April 2014
Interest in organic farming in Serbia is spreading rapidly, due in large part to the energy and dedicated efforts of Branko Cicic, director of the Transcendental Meditation programme in Serbia, who has become an energetic organic farmer.
Dr Cicic has established an organic agriculture association (Organska Srbija) to bring farmers together in his country; sells organic produce in a stall in the Belgrade green market; produces a weekly television show on organic farming; and has opened a health shop near the green market. When Dr Peter Swan, creator and teacher of the Maharishi Vedic Organic Agriculture course, recently visited Belgrade to promote Maharishi Vedic Organic Agriculture, he was greatly impressed with the interest and progress in growing pure food.
The spread of organic farming in Serbia can be seen in the growing volume and variety of produce offered at the green market in Belgrade. Touring the market with Dr Cicic, Dr Swan and his wife Dr Susie Swan spoke with stall holders and found them to be eager and enthusiastic about organic farming. One vendor who has been there about two years reported he sells his organic produce exclusively through the bi-weekly outdoor event, rain or shine; with his variety of fruits and vegetables, his business is doing very well.
Local farmers feel encouraged to switch to organic when they understand the benefits for their family, and see that their peers can live comfortably. Dr Swan commented recently that Serbia is blessed with a great climate and good fertile soil for agriculture.
A couple of years ago Dr Cicic opened a health shop in an ideal location between the green (organic) market, and the other market that sells conventional produce and flowers. His products attract customers from both groups.
In southeast Serbia a practitioner of Transcendental Meditation has established the first organic vineyard in the country. It covers 10 hectares, with an additional 10 hectares of other organics on the land. The owner has invited Dr Cicic and Dr Swan to the bucolic location with the hope they will offer the Maharishi Vedic Organic Agriculture course there.
One of the largest organic farms in Serbia, with more than 2,000 hectares, has informed Dr Cicic that they want to dedicate a portion of the farm to Maharishi Vedic Organic Agriculture practices. They too are eager to host Dr Swan's course.
By the end of his five-day visit to Serbia, Dr Swan came away impressed with the openness and interest displayed by people in Serbia, for looking into new possibilities that can improve the quality of their life.
See related articles:
∙ 'Organic Serbia' show airing weekly on 15 television stations throughout the country
∙ Organic farming takes root in Serbia
∙ Serbia: For fifth year, BioBalkan Expo brings organic farmers and businesses together
∙ Course on Maharishi Vedic Organic Agriculture highlights positive worldwide trends
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