Olive growing in Dalmatian inland
Dalmatian inland is surrounded by mountain ranges of Velebit, Dinara and Kamešnica inthe north, and hilly mountain ranges of Kozjak and Mosor in the south that separate this area from the coast. On the basis of soil and climate characteristics the whole Dalmatian inland can be divided into six separate entities. Agricultural production is traditionally main economic activity of which livestock farming, viticulture and farming are traditional activities of the inhabitants in this area. Although in this area very ancient olive trees could be found, olive growing is not traditional and it does not represent a significant economic potential. According to the analysis of climatic conditions, mainly temperature as a restricting factor for olive growing, it can be concluded that the coldest region is Sinj, and the warmest are Ravni kotari. The incidence of low temperatures in the region of Sinj during winter and early spring, 41% in April to 83% in February, points out the the inability for olive growing. However, in the whole area of the Dalmatian inland some micro-locations could be suitable for olive growing with smaller limitation. Most often these are sites of former vineyards. In any case, it is necessary to analyze in detail the climatic conditions of each micro-location before making any decision on olive planting.
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