The Czech minister of agriculture, Moiroslav Toman, is set to meet with
European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development Phil Hogan in
Brussels on Monday. One of the topics on their agenda will bet EU’s plan
to cut direct subsidies to farmers.
Under the planned EU’s budget for 2021-2027, farmers would receive around 232 billion euros in direct support, which represents a drop of more than 30 billion euros from the current seven-year budget.
According to the Czech Agrarian Chamber, Czech farmers would receive around 4.1 percent less than in the previous seven-year period.
Receding waterlines stemming from long droughts this summer have revealed some disturbing ancient relics – so-called “hunger stones”, some dating back as far as 1616, which serve as a warning to future generations. One such hydrological landmark on the Labe River is inscribed in German with the words in "If you see me, weep."
Czech farmers are predicting a significant slump in the hop harvest this year, caused by the unusually hot weather and lack of rain. Hop production is expected to drop despite the fact that the overall area of hop fields expanded by 81 hectares in 2018. Last year, farmers harvested over 6,700 tonnes of hops, which was slightly above the average.
The authorities in Prague have helped create a new beer brand aimed at
encouraging people to combat pollution by making more use of public
transport, iDnes.cz reported on Saturday. The city has teamed up with
brewers Lobkowicz to produce the lager Pražský chodec (Prague
Pedestrian), advertising for which includes the slogan Beer Against Smog.
Car usage is a major cause of the city’s air pollution problems, which
more people using public transport would help alleviate.
Mayor Adriana Krnáčová said city hall had been looking for just such an unusual means of highlighting the need to improve Prague’s air quality.
Advertisements for Prague Pedestrian have appeared bearing the city’s logo and that of Lobkowitz. The city has also funded a website for the brew.
The Czech Republic produced over 44 million litres of ice cream last year, which is the highest figure since 2004. Czechs have surpassed other EU countries, such as Greece or Croatia, Czech Radio reported on Wednesday, citing data released by the European Union’s statistics office, Eurostat. Europe’s biggest producer of ice-cream is Germany, followed by Italy and France.
Up to 100 tonnes of fish are estimated to have died in a pond in the
Břeclav region in south Moravia due to a low level of water, which led to
a low concentration of oxygen. The incident happened on Thursday, which was
the hottest day so far this year.
Around two dozen fishermen are at the site removing the dead carp and silverfish from the water. According to the administrator of the fish pond, Oldřich Pecha, the losses are estimated at several million crowns.
The drown-out period of hot and dry weather in the Czech Republic is posing a serious danger to aquatic species. Water levels in rivers around the country have fallen and the situation is particularly acute in fish ponds, minor rivers and streams.