Croatia’s agriculture is characterized by an abundance of resources and potential for agricultural production and processing, and the successful cultivation of a large number of crops is the result of diverse natural conditions in a geographically small area, as well as of various cultural influences to which it was exposed throughout history.
Croatia, divided into four distinctive regions – Istria, Slavonia, Dalmatia and Central Croatia – will be presented at the Green Week by fifty exhibitors, large and small agri-food companies and family farms, alongside a national restaurant with traditional dishes.
Croatia is exporting agricultural and food products in 144 countries, of which the first 15 export destinations account for the 85 per cent of the total export of those products. Products from 135 countries are present on the Croatian market, and in this case the first 15 countries account for 87 per cent of the total import of agricultural and food products.
The Ministry of Agriculture has issued the Ordinance on the implementation of measures within the framework of the National Beekeeping Program for the period from 2020 to 2022, which will ensure a better position of beekeeping in Croatia and create conditions for increasing competitiveness in the beekeeping sector.
An aid amounting to nearly 20 million kuna has been paid to apple producers form the 2019 Apple Producers Support Program by the Agency for Payments in Agriculture, Fisheries and Rural Development. 842 producers with a total of 3016.38 hectares were eligible for the aid.
On Monday, 25 November 2019, Minister of Agriculture Marija Vučković awarded 350 funding agreements under measure 6 “Farm and business development” of the Rural Development Program 2014-2020 to small farmers.
On Monday, the European Commission announced that “Paški sir” (Pag Cheese) had been entered in the register of protected designations of origin and protected geographical indications (PDO). It is the 24th Croatian product whose denomination was registered in the European Union as a protected designation of origin or geographical indication.
Minister Vučković opened a public consultation at the International hotel entitled “Strategic Vision for the Development of Agriculture in the Republic of Croatia after 2020”, at which the first draft of the Strategic Vision was presented to the public concerned.
In an effort to improve the food donation system, reduce food waste, and protect the environment, the Ministry of Agriculture has issued a Food Donation Guide that contains guidelines for procedure and examples of practices related to food regulations, food donation and tax breaks.
Minister Marija Vučković attended a meeting of the Council of Ministers of Agriculture and Fisheries in Brussels to discuss the environmental and climate aspects of the reform proposal of the Common Agricultural Policy.
The public consultation will be held at four locations in Croatia, at which the first draft of the Strategic Vision will be presented and discussed with farmers and all stakeholders.
Minister Vučković attended the opening ceremony of the 15th Days of Fresh-Pressed Olive Oil in Vodnjan, organized by the city of Vodnjan and sponsored by the President of the Republic of Croatia, the Ministry of Agriculture, the Ministry of Tourism, the Ministry of Economy, Entrepreneurship and Crafts and Istria County.
The most recent Eurostat data reveal that, in 2018, along with Slovenia and Romania, Croatia recorded the biggest agricultural production increase among EU Member States, thanks to the two-figure upturn in plant production.
The Ministry of Agriculture presented the possibilities for the development of rural tourism, as well as the incentives and investments in the development of this type of tourism.
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