Imported fir trees from Poland are taking an increasing share of the
Christmas tree market in the Czech Republic, forcing prices down, iDnes.cz
A representative of the Association of Christmas Tree Cultivators told the news website that large growers from Denmark had established new plantations in Poland some years back and the trees were now ready for sale.
Firs have long been the most popular Christmas trees in the Czech Republic, winning out over spruce and pine trees. However, if Czechs are keen to buy local the latter should be easier to find, iDnes.said.
India with its population of around 1.4 billion and growth rate for 2016 of just over 7.0 percent is clearly an appetising market for anyone. But it’s sheer size, reputation for bureaucratic obstacles, and the time and expense of opening markets also makes it a daunting challenge for most exporters.
Despite the annual Christmas carp sales, consumption of fish in the Czech
Republic keeps stagnating. According to the data of the Czech Statistical
Office, Czechs consumed 5.1kilos of fish per person last year, which was a
drop by 7.5 percent on the previous year and also the lowest figure since
Fish consumption in the Czech Republic remains to be one of the lowest in the European Union, where it amounts to around 11 kilograms per head. The amount recommended by the WHO is 17 kilograms of fish per head.
The environment in the Czech Republic remained unchanged in 2016, despite continuous economic and industrial growth, suggests the annual report on the state of Czech environment, which was debated by the government this week. The report also points out that despite growing public funding on environment protection, there have been no significant improvements.
The Moravian Amazon, an area along the lower parts of Morava and Dyje rivers in the southern part of the Czech Republic, is considered to be one of the richest habitats in Central Europe. But scientists are ringing alarm bells, warning that the number of old trees in the UNESCO Biosphere area which provide a home to rare species of beetles, are being crowded out and their numbers are rapidly declining.
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 rare two-horned rhino called Eliška transported last year to the Mkomazi
National Park in Tanzania from Dvůr Králové Zoo in the Czech Republic,
has died from injuries she suffered when attacked by a male rhino called
The news was confirmed by the zoo’s Jan Stejskal, who heads the international project. Eliška was meant to have helped boost the rhino population there; as the injury was internal, its seriousness was not apparent until it was too late.
Four of the wolves which escaped from a nature reserve in Bavaria are still
on the loose, the head of the Šumava National Park told journalists on
One wolf was run over by a train, another was shot for safety reasons near a holiday resort in Haus zur Wildnis. Another was sighted in the Šumava Mountains over the weekend.
People have been warned that in the event of sighting one of the wolves they should not try to approach them, feed them or take pictures.
An all- out effort is being made to recapture the animals which were bred in captivity and would have a hard time surviving in the wild.