This year for the 17th time the Fair of dry-cured meet prosciutto or popular as “Prsutijada 2017” was organized from February 10th till 12th in the village Mackat, Serbia. More than 10.000 domestic and international visitors visited this event. The aim of this event was to promote traditional processing of meat products from the Zlatibor Mountain and Uzice, as well as to facilitate the process of generating income from this type of economic activity.
Sixteen local producers of dry cured meet participated in the competition part. This year, for the first time, the Fair had a regional character by including family companies from Niksic, Montenegro (SWG cross-border region of “Krsh”) and Tinjan, Croatia. The family company Inmes mark “Bijelic” doo from Niksic was awarded with recognition for best quality for Njeguski prsut. The producers from Croatia presented the autochthon Istrian prosciutto, Malvazia wine and olive oil made from the autochthon variety of Istrian bijelica. The regional character of the event contributes to better promotion of the event, regional cooperation, networking of producers and development of the regional rural economy.
Mr. Milan Stamatovic, Mayor of the Municipality of Cajetina stated that the local autority with all available mechanisams supported the development of family businesses and the organization of this Fair. In the village of Mackat operate 50 family business which produce dry-cured meet and one big enterprise ”Zlatiborac”, which growing together with the local community showed that if there is good cooperation with all stakeholders in the value chain the sucess is guaranteed.
Mr. Aleksandar Damnjanovic, Regional Manager of the cross-border region of “Drina-Tara”, stated that the SWG for the second time supported this Fair which is in the line with the objectives of the ABD programme and he wished success to all producers who participated in the Fair.
Apart from exhibiting and selling meat products, the accompanying program consisted of cultural program with performance of cultural associations and local brass band, as well as children choir from the Primary school “Milivoje Borovic”, Mackat. The quality control of the meat products at the Fair was carried out by Jugoinspekt a.d. one of the certified companies based in Serbia.
This regional manifestation is supported within the EU funded projet: ”Fostering regional cooperation and balanced territorial development of Western Balkan countries in the process towards EU integration” implemented by SWG.