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.
The ongoing hot and dry weather that continues to grip most parts of Europe is forcing Czech farmers to slaughter their cows early as they have no hay left to feed them. With grass turning brown and brittle, cows have very little to eat and livestock breeders are forced to break into their winter reserves much earlier than usual.
Firefighters have ferried water to a fish pond in the East Bohemian town of
Přelouč to save carp and zander suffering due to a fall in the water
level, iDnes.cz reported on Tuesday. Recent dry weather has had a dramatic
impact on local ponds and administrators say they find dozens of dead fish
every day, the news site said.
Fish farmers say filling ponds is the only way to keep oxygen-starved fish alive. As the traditional seasonal food, the carp should reach Czech dinner tables next Christmas.
The Social Democrat minister of agriculture, Miroslav Toman, is creating a
commission to oversee an audit relating to the restitution of church
property, the newspaper Právo reported on Saturday. Mr. Toman told the
daily that the commission – due to start work at the end of this month
– would focus on the forestry agency Lesy ČR and other bodies under his
ministry that had in the past handed anything over to churches under
divisive legislation passed five years ago.
The recently installed government of ANO and the Social Democrats say that financial settlements made to churches in lieu of property seized by the Communists after 1948 should be taxed. That was a demand of the present-day Communist Party for supporting the minority coalition on key votes. Critics say the move is akin to imposing a charge on a robbery victim.
Fried cheese or smažený sýr, familiarly known as smažák, is a staple on Czech menus, from shabby pubs and bistros to middle class restaurants. The slices of cheese, coated with breadcrumbs and deep fried, are traditionally served with French fries or potatoes and tartar sauce. Find out more about smažák in the second part of our Czech Food Classics series.
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