The government held an away-from-home session in Šenkvice (a municipality near Bratislava) on January 22. Apart from other points of the agenda, it also approved a strategy drawn up by the Agriculture and Rural Development Ministry for 2014-20, according to which harvests in Slovakia are 40-60 percent poorer than in other EU-member states.
“A comparison of livestock breeding intensity in Slovakia and other EU-member countries is showing a significantly lower, if not the lowest intensity in the breeding of cattle, sheep and goats,” the TASR newswire quotes the report. “The milk-producing capacity per cow is one of the lowest in the region. A lower level has only been registered in Poland, which is dynamically improving.”
Crop production in Slovakia is showing better results than animal-based production. “Slovakia is growing moderately in crop production, while animal production has been deteriorating... The volume of beef production has fallen by as much as one-third since 2002, which is one of the most significant drops in the EU,” said the report, noting that an even worse situation can be seen in pork production, which has fallen by 83 percent over the same period.
“While 10.2 percent of all employed people in the country were working in agriculture in 1994, the figure fell to 4.6 percent in 1998, and it currently stands at only 2.2 percent.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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23. Jan 2014 at 10:00