Yugoslav Republics' Distinctive Interests in Exports and Distribution of Agricultural Machinery, Means and Agents in 1957/1958 Cover Image

Yugoslav Republics' Distinctive Interests in Exports and Distribution of Agricultural Machinery, Means and Agents in 1957/1958

Author(s): Slobodan Selinić
Subject(s): History
Published by: Institut za noviju istoriju Srbije
Keywords: agricultural policy developments in Yugoslavia; Vojvodina; FPRYU Community of Business Alliances

Summary/Abstract: Research of the agricultural policy developments in Yugoslavia resulted in identification of the state federalization process existent back in late fifties of XX century and featured by both separation of republics and provinces and lack of sense for mutual interests of the country as a whole. Absence of any federal state function when it comes to distribution of agricultural machinery, means and agents (farm tractors, combine harvesters, fertilizers) was obvious, as well as a practice of independent presentation of Vojvodina representatives by themselves. Representatives of both Vojvodina business alliances and Vojvodina unions were members of the FPRYU Community of Business Alliances and the Other Professional Economic Unions for Agricultural Mechanization and Chemisation (founded in 1957). Their behavior was featured by willing to protect interests of subjects that they represent almost by all means, including the use of inexpert argumentation. Behavior of the kind is easy to understand in the light of the facts that Yugoslavia's needs for agricultural machinery and means exceeded the quantity it had on disposal, as well as of the fact that representatives of some arts of the country were driven by fear that another republic could get more on expense of their own, e.g. that they could be outwit, and the like. Their presentations were almost entirely clear of any reference to the common state and its needs, and presentations of Vojvodina representatives would not give any clue to the uninformed listener that this is just about a part of Serbian territory. In the course of the one year period of the Community's activity that was observed here, at least 25 cases of open collisions and disagreements on issues of both distribution and imports of agricultural machinery and fertilizers were recorded. Representatives of certain parts of the country used to present, in the course of discussions, argumentation convenient to the province or the republic they represented only. Vojvodina representatives used to emphasize principles such as market surpluses and importance of certain parts of the country to realization of both agriculture function and the social sector needs. Croatia representatives used to emphasize the importance of certain region's specificities concerning consumption of fertilizers, referring to higher consumption in the Republic they represented, while Macedonian representatives used to emphasize production of specific cultures in their Republic (tobacco).

  • Issue Year: 2006
  • Issue No: 3
  • Page Range: 168-191
  • Page Count: 24
  • Language: Serbian