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 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.

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 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.