Krešimir Matijevic from Bogdanovci with his family is one of the proud producers of local Croatian pork with a fully controlled production process. In the next couple of days the first shipment of piglets, fodder, as well professional support provided by Belje, Agrokor is to arrive at the Matijevic farm.
The Matijevic farm is the first pig breeding farm in Vukovarsko-srijemska county which is run in co-operation with Agrokor and Belje, through the operative program of pig breeding production development initiated by the Ministry of agriculture, fisheries and rural development and with the support of the Croatian bank for reconstruction and development, and guarantees from Belje which, by providing the market, guarantees the return on investment. Such investment is one of the best ways for the reconstruction of agriculture, as it has multiplying effects through employment possibilities at family farms, increase in local production and reduction of imports. Cooperation with big companies guaranties a long lasting stability of the business, as well as return of investment.
The Matijevic farm is a fully automated farm with the state-of-the art equipment for pig breeding which is also used on the Belje farms. It spreads over the area of 1240 m2 with the total capacity of 1428 pigs at a time. Planned annual production is 4,200 pigs in 3 shipments.
The feedlot consists of 6 rooms, each divided into 14 boxes. All the piglets originate exclusively from one Belje breeding farm. In this way the same health status is maintained on the farm. Feeding, provision of water and maintenance are performed automatically. Animals live on a grated floor, and cleaning is unnecessary. All the manure is stored, and later applied on the fields.
As mr Krešimir Matijevic pointed out at the opening ceremony “ I believe that our farm is an excellent example of small business development and entrepreneurship in this part of our country. It also presents bread and butter for my family. Although the times are difficult, I expect the return on investment in the next six years. In the next few days we are starting another feedlot on our farm with the aim to increase the volume of our production.”