The popular pig-slaughtering feasts which usually take place in February are going to start early for some pig-breeders this year. Farmers living in the area infested with swine-fever have been ordered to cull their animals in view of a growing risk of the disease spreading from wild boar to pigs in the region.
A ban on keeping domestic pigs has been ordered by the state veterinary
service in a bid to prevent the spread of the highly infectious African
The ban applies to a high risk area of the Zlín region where the battle to contain the infection spreading from the wild boar population has been raging for the past four months. In addition, the state office has tightened its rules for the transport of pigs across the region.
The tightened rules have been ordered because of the risk of the disease spreading as wild boars usually migrate in the late autumn.
The veterinary office said that in spite of a cull on wild boar in the affected area, 15 new cases of the fever have been found in dead animals since the start of November. Once of the chief concerns is that the fever could spread to commercial pig farms in the pork eating country.
The first deputy chairman of the Christian Democrats, Marian Jurečka, has
blamed the party’s unimpressive showing in the general elections on their
abandonment of a deal to run together with the Mayors and Independents and
“poor communication”. Mr. Jurečka made the comments in an interview on
the SeznamZpravy.cz news site.
Mr. Jurečka also said that controversial comments by Christian Democrats chairman Pavel Bělobrádek on social media had cost them dearly. The party won 10 seats in the lower house for 5.8 percent of the vote.
Agriculture Minister and regional council member for Olomouc Marian
Jurečka has requested the regional governor to not help fund an upcoming
visit by the head-of-state - set to take place in November.
The president regularly travels to regions in the Czech Republic as a means of meeting with local representatives, businesses and others. Critics have charged the visits are tantamount to a pre-election campaign. The regional governorship covered costs in the hundreds of thousands of crowns for four previous visits.
The Czech president recently scratched a planned visit to Zlín after the governor there, Jiří Čunek, made clear his office would only cover the costs for the delegations’ lunch and dinner up to a maximum 30,000 crowns.
Agriculture Minister Marian Jurečka says retailers are responsible for the
steep rise in the price of butter. According to the minister half of the
price makes up retail stores profit margins. He said rising prices on world
markets had also contributed to the increase.
The Union of Tourism and Trade has dismissed the claim that retailers are to blame saying the development of dairy prices on world markets is responsible. The price of butter on the Czech market has doubled in the past year.
Popular Czech liquor known as ‘tuzemák’ has once again come under the spotlight from authorities in Brussels. According to a report by the European Food Safety Authority, the chemical used to create the artificial rum flavour can be carcinogenic. Agriculture Minister Marian Jurečka says that if Brussels decided to ban the chemical, he is ready to file for exemption so that its use can be continued.
The Czech minister of agriculture, Marian Jurečka, said Friday that a state of emergency should be declared in the Zlín region by the regional governor. The comments followed a meeting between the minister and experts regarding the ongoing risks stemming from African swine fever. The declaration should, according to the minister, allowed the threat to be tackled better. One of the measures that could be taken is enclosing an around 20 kilometre square area with an electric fence aimed at keeping wild boar in place.