Czech dairy farmers look set to get aid to the tune of 10.4 million euros within increased subsidies for farmers across the block approved by the European Commission, Czech Television reported on Monday. Agriculture Minister Marian Jurečka has welcomed the move, saying the sum allotted to Czech farmers was the 10th highest in the 28-member block. National governments can top up this aid with subsidies from state coffers. Czech dairy farmers are facing severe problems due to a milk glut and low prices across Europe.
The Agriculture Ministry is proposing an amendment to the law on electronic tax registers which would exempt farmer’s markets and small entrepreneurs making less than 5,400 crowns a month from the duty to register all sales electronically. Agriculture Minister Marian Jurečka who will present the proposed amendment to the cabinet said the requirement to use electronic cash registers would bring small entrepreneurs such as those selling their goods on farmers markets to bankruptcy. The proposal should be put to the lower house in September. Finance Minister Andrej Babis –who pushed through the law as an instrument in fighting tax evasion – is strictly against exemptions on the grounds that it would reduce its effectiveness. The law is expected to go into effect in December 2016 and the duty to use electronic tax registers will be implemented in several stages for different categories of entrepreneurs.
Inflation in the Czech Republic remains close to zero, reaching 0.1 percent year-on-year for the second month in a row in June, according to figures released by the Czech Statistics Office on Tuesday. An analyst with Komerční banka told the Czech News Agency that inflation was unlikely to rise significantly in the coming months. Fuel prices increased by four percent compared to May, but overall inflation was pulled down by reductions in the prices of foodstuffs.
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.
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