Slovak President Ivan Gašparovič appointed Stanislav Becík as the new agriculture minister on August 18.
Becík was born on May 25, 1952. Following his studies at Slovak University of Agriculture in Nitra (SPU), he began working in agricultural field, rising through the ranks from worker's positions to become a livestock specialist. In 1988, he became chairman of agricultural collective in Dvory nad Žitavou (Nitra region), and that same year he was elected chairman of Regional Office of the Slovak Chamber of Agriculture and Food in Nové Zámky (Nitra region).
Since 2000, Becik has been the chairman of the board of directors of the Slovak Chamber of Agriculture and Food. In 2004, he ended his post-graduate studies and was awarded a PhD (economies of agriculture and forestry). In 2007, he became associate professor at the Faculty of European Studies and Regional Development at SPU in Nitra. He is a member of the Scientific Council of the Faculty of Agrobiology and Food Sources at the Slovak University of Agriculture in Nitra.
Becík is married, and he is the father of three children. He speaks English and Russian. TASR
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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