The Czech Republic wants to post agricultural attachés with diplomatic status in three more countries in the coming months, the Czech Agriculture Ministry confirmed on Thursday. Prague already has agricultural attachés in Saudi Arabia, China, Russia and Serbia and wants to post them in the US, Japan and Lebanon in the near future. Their main task is to assist Czech firms in finding new export opportunities.
The 2016 fruit harvest is expected to see a 28 percent drop year-on-year due to the late frosts which hit the country at the end of April. Fruit growers estimate losses of around 400 million crowns. According to the head of the Fruit Growers Union Martin Ludvik the fallout should not affect prices on the market. The most severe damage is reported in southern Moravia.
An estimated 900,000 people in the Czech Republic suffer from diabetes. What is even more alarming, the incidence of diabetes keeps increasing especially among younger people around the age of 30. This week, the Czech Diabetes Association announced its plan to launch a National Diabetes Register that would help improve the situation, allowing doctors to have a better overview of patients suffering from diabetes and prescribe medicine more effectively.
It has been estimated that an enormous amount of food - 88 million tonnes is wasted in the European Union annually. A new campaign by the Zachraň Jidlo initiative wants to make a small dent in food waste the Czech Republic, reporting that up to one-fifth of fruit and vegetables is thrown away without ever making it to the store, for strictly cosmetic reasons.
Distributors in the Czech Republic will no longer be able to trade in cigarettes that do not come in boxes with graphic health warnings from September 7. Public sales will be barred from December 7. The precise dates were released on Thursday by the Czech branch of the company Japan Tobacco International. President Miloš Zeman signed an amendment introducing graphic warnings at the end of last month. The new norm is in line with EU legislation.
The national stud farm in Kladruby, Central Bohemia is a step closer to being included on the UNESCO World Heritage List, the Czech News Agency reported. The minister of agriculture, Marian Jurečka, and the minister of culture, Daniel Herman, on Thursday signed an agreement to set up a committee to coordinate the bid. The farm should file an application with UNESCO next year but winning a place on the list would take several more years. Founded in 1579, the Kladruby stud is known for its Kladruber horses, one of the oldest breeds in the world.
The number of grocery stores in the Czech Republic has dropped by four percent since 2013, to 12,294, according to data released by the Nielsen consultancy company on Thursday. Small grocery stores with a shopping area under 400 square metres saw the biggest drop in numbers. The number of supermarkets went down as well, by 28 over the past three years, while the number of hypermarkets increased by 19. Supermarkets and hypermarkets account for 80 percent of the overall sales of grocery items in the Czech Republic, which is the highest proportion in Central Europe.
Eva Králíková was one of the first Czech doctors to specialise in tobacco dependency and for many years has been the country’s best-known anti-smoking campaigner. In the wake of last week’s defeat of the latest attempt to ban smoking in Czech pubs and restaurants, I wanted to ask Dr. Králíková why the county seems to be lagging so much of Europe in this regard. But I was first curious to know what had drawn her to that particular field of medicine.
Livestock numbers in the Czech Republic fell by more than half over the last 30 years, according to information released by the Czech Statistics Office. The number of cattle fell to just 40 percent of 1987 levels and pigs to around 36 percent. Farmers have warned that more breeding farms could close unless they receive broader support. The government recently outlined in its agriculture road map until 2030 plans to improve the situation.
Czech brewing jewel Plzeňský Prazdroj is going up for sale. That’s the result of the go ahead from the European Commission to the massive worldwide beer deal under which global market leader InBev acquires its nearest rival SABMiller. Plzeňský Prazdroj has been in the hands of South Africa’s SAB since 1999.
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