Last year’s grape harvest in the Czech Republic was the lowest in more than two decades, with a 50-percent drop year-on-year, according to data by the Czech Statistical Office released on Monday. The average yield per hectare was also lower, dropping by over 33 percent to 2.87 tons per hectare. The head of the Czech winemakers association, Jiří Sedlo, quoted fungal diseases and changeable weather as the principal causes of the record low harvest. The price of wine has risen by around 10 percent as a result.
Food banks are part of a humanitarian aid network across Europe and Czech civic associations are gradually developing this form of aid for the poor here in the Czech Republic as well. After Prague and Ostrava which are only able to cover their own needs, the town of Litoměrice has launched a food bank for the whole north Bohemian region.
A fierce battle has pitted environmentalists against plans for the long term management of the country’s biggest forestry company. Environmental groups say the plans basically give a blank cheque to big timber companies to exploit large areas with no real regard for nature preservation or the future of forests.
Prague Wine Week kicks off at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Prague’s Dejvice district on Monday night. Now in its fourth year the wine festival involves tastings, special menus and a competition for the annual Prague wine trophy. For a full list of the events taking place at various Prague bars, hotels and restaurants go to the Prague Wine Week website.
Minister of Agriculture Ivan Fuksa has said no checks so far have revealed excess levels of cancer causing dioxins in eggs, poultry or pork on sale in the Czech Republic. The reassurance comes amid continuing concern that contaminated food was imported from neighbouring Germany where dioxin has been detected in large amounts of animal feed and food. The minister however said that consumers should check on the origin of their food and favour home produced produce. The State Veterinary Service had checked around 30 samples of food exported from Germany with negative results. The checks will continue at least until the end of the month.
Dozens of Czechs demonstrated outside the government buildings on Wednesday to protest state forestry company, Lesy České Republiky’s, long term economic plans. The protest was masterminded by the environmental group Friends of the Earth Czech Republic. It says plans for large, long term contracts for private companies to cut timber and manage forests from next year will result in over exploitation and damage to a public resource. The plan has also been attacked by private timber companies, some saying that it favours large companies at the expense of small and mid-sided ones. The Ministry of Agriculture argues that such mega tenders will be more transparent and less liable to corruption. The government was expected to debate the plan at its regular meeting on Wednesday but eventually postponed a decision.
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