Before being able to start up successful production activities. Special measures must be applied for restoring the production surface and bringing the organic matter in the soil to optimal condition again. Dojrana Fresh Produce applied some of the required activities already before entering into the formal lease agreement as the costs were relatively low and gains of a quick start in production are substantial. The Long-term lease contract with the government was signed in the beginning of 2018 and shortly after and the first trials for various fruit (cherries, apples and plums) and vegetable crops were implemented. By the end of 2019 around 100ha have been fully cleared and a soil improvement programme has been implemented. The current bridgehead, comprising a small office, workshop and general storage area, was built on the first block of 56 ha, close to Lake Dojran.
In 2019 17ha Cherry orchard have been implemented including a water basin and irrigation equipment. A tailor made, professional, and modern mechanisation fleet is acquired. For soil improvement Barley has been cultivated on the cleared land.
A fruit orchard consisting of 23ha apples and 23ha apricots have been established at the Nov Dojran plot. At the Bogdanci site 7ha of plums trees have been planted. In the meantime Dojrana Fresh Produced has established a strong and committed local team. Simultaneously with the growing professionalism of the local management team and implementation of efficient internal control mechanisms in the local organisation, a large part of the responsibilities is transferred from InnoFruit HQ to the local organisation.
In 2020 the first fruit ( Apples and cherries) have been exported. Although, still a low volume ( in line with the age of the trees), the quality of the product is very promising.
Edwin de Wit
Edwin gained in-depth knowledge in the agricultural sector over the past 27 years, holding several commercial and managerial positions. In addition to commercial and general management experience, he is also experienced in business development. Having worked in North Macedonia since 2014 he has gained broad experience and knowledge of the local laws and regulations, and general business environment of the country. He was appointed operations manager at Dojrana Fresh Produce in 2016.
Danilo joined Dojrana Fresh Produce in 2016 as an agronomist and since then he has gained important experience and additional knowledge. He was promoted to production unit manager of the vegetable and cherry units in 2019 and is responsible for the production-related activities of both units, from sowing and crop management to crop protection and harvesting.
Mirko has a Bachelor’s degree in financial management and in-depth experience in the trading sector for over past 7 years working as customs brokerage agent. He joined Dojrana Fresh Produce and was appointed as a Financial Manager in the beginning of 2020.