Croatia adopts new proposals to help farmers during coronavirus pandemic

The Croatian Chamber of Agriculture (HPC) adopted a proposal for measures to help preserve jobs and liquidity during the coronavirus pandemics, after appeals to the Ministry of Agriculture.

Proposals include obliging retail chains to buy domestic food products, prohibiting the import of food and live animals from contaminated areas, the continuous work of agricultural pharmacies and support for cooperatives to allow farmers to procure mineral fertilizer, seeds,  herbicides, for which the government is offering special loans with 0% interest.

“Everything needs to be done to increase agricultural production and self-sufficiency in industries where we are already below 50 percent of domestic needs,” said Mlade Jakopović, president of HPK.

“Production and marketing of home-grown food must be a priority in these crises to ensure liquidity and jobs.”

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