Croatian agriculture after 2020 – a two-day conference of the Ministry of Agriculture

A two-day conference under the title “Days of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries”, organized by the Ministry of Agriculture and the World Bank, took place on 19 and 20 December in Sveti Martin na Muri, attracting almost 650 visitors from all parts of Croatia.

Current topics in Croatian agriculture attracted more than 650 visitors from the entire Croatia in one location. Among them were the Prime Minister of the Republic of Croatia Andrej Plenković, Minister of Agriculture Marija Vučković, Minister of Economy, Entrepreneurship and Crafts Darko Horvat, Minister of Regional Development and EU Funds Marko Pavić, Director for Sustainable Development for Europe and Central Asia at the World Bank Steven Schonberger, and many others. The event also featured the awarding of 29 new contracts under measures 4 and 8, in the total value of 75 million kuna, and of 8 contracts in the total value of 309 million kuna for irrigation projects in five Croatian counties.

Apart from on the digitalization of agriculture and fisheries, the focus of the Days of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry was on the strategic vision of the development of Croatian agriculture and on the process of the elaboration of a comprehensive strategy, which is under way. The conference program was concluded with the presentation of the Draft of the Strategic Vision of the Development of Agriculture and Rural Areas of the Republic of Croatia and with a panel discussion under the title “Agricultural strategy and its potential effect on the economic development of Croatia”, whose participants were, among others, Minister of Agriculture Marija Vučković, Minister of Economy, Entrepreneurship and Crafts Darko Horvat, Minister of Regional Development and EU funds Marko Pavić and Director for Sustainable Development for Europe and Central Asia at the World Bank Steven Schonberger.

The first day of the conference, dedicated to the digitalization of agriculture, featured the presentation of fisheries digitalization projects, of the “E-Advisor” system for the transfer of knowledge and information in agriculture, of the “Monitoring 2020+” system for the monitoring of agricultural areas, as well as of technologies through which the Ministry of Agriculture introduces farmers to the digital age, such as the e-agricultural identity card. This new service will soon be available to farmers and bring them numerous benefits. The Agency for Payments in Agriculture, the Fisheries and Rural Development and the Croatian Agricultural Chamber celebrated 10 years of activity with the presentation “Croatian forestry in the light of climate change“ and Croatia’s participation at the agricultural fair “Green Week“ in Berlin.

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