Thousands of ducklings were burned to death in a fire at an agricultural
facility in Hlušice, East Bohemia on Friday night. Around 3,500 birds died
in the blaze, which occurred in a hall measuring about 50 by 20 metres.
The causes of the fire are being investigated, a spokesperson for the local fire service told the Czech News Agency.
Food consumption in the Czech Republic last year rose by 1.9 percent with
the average consumption per person climbing to 785.6 kilos of food.
Consumption of milk and other dairy products rose by 2.1 percent, the Czech
Statistical Office announced.
Consumption of fruit increased by 2.0 percent and of vegetables by 3.0 percent. Meat consumption rose to 80.3 kilos, that’s around twice the average of 1950 consumption.
The office said 2016 stood out for the all time record amount of rice eaten by Czechs. The average came to 6.5 kilos per person, up by 0.6 percent on the previous year.
Jiří Milek, head of an agricultural and food production company Úsovsko,
is a candidate to be agriculture minister in the minority cabinet prepared
by ANO leader Andrej Babiš, the daily Právo reported on Thursday.
The news was confirmed by Mr Babiš, who said Milek was ready to leave his business if he became minister. Milek, who was an unsuccessful candidate to be an ANO party deputy in 2013, was recommended for the post by the Agrarian Chamber.
The conglomerate Agrofert Holding, formerly owned by ANO leader Andrej
Babiš, is farming 1700 hectares of land which does not belong to it and
which it has not legally rented out, according to Czech Radio’s flagship
news station Radiožurnal. Radiožurnal reported moreover that Agrofert was
receiving EU grants on the land. According to lawyers this is a criminal
When challenged to comment on the situation, Agrofert spokesperson Jan Pavlů did not deny the claim, saying the conglomerate was trying to straighten out the situation by tracing the rightful owners of the land.
Andrej Babiš built up the multi-billion crown farming and chemical conglomerate, but was forced to put it into a trust fund last year following the approval of a strict conflicts of interest law.
Some 397 tonnes of foodstuffs were donated during the Czech Republic’s
fifth National Food Drive on Saturday, which is 70 tonnes more than in the
previous year, organisers from the Business for Society platform have
Some 750 shops, including stores owned by major chains such as Tesco and Lidl, took part in the event in which members of the public donated non-perishable foodstuffs for redistribution to those in need. This year, more than 4,000 volunteers and shop staff took part in the collection.
The fifth national food collection is held around the Czech Republic on Saturday. Sone 750 shops, including stores owned by major chains, take part in the event in which members of the public can donate non-perishable foodstuffs that will then be redistributed to those in need. The campaign is organised by a corporate responsibility platform Business for Society, along with other NGOs. Last year, some 312 tonnes of food were donated.
The first wine of the season, the so-called Saint Martin’s wine, goes on
sale on Saturday in the Czech Republic. Czechs are celebrating the Feast of
Saint Martin, which falls on November 11 and which has become an occasion
for winemakers to present their young wines.
Events featuring wine tasting are traditionally held at various venues around the country. This year, the main event takes place on Freedom Square in Bnro. In Prague, festivities will be traditionally held in Náměstí Jiřího z Poděbrad and the Rašínovo nábřeží embankment. This year, sellers expect around 2.2 million bottles of Saint Martin’s to go on the market, which is a slight drop on the previous year.