The creator of the Czech Republic’s most famous liquor, Josef Vitus Becher, was born exactly 250 years ago in Karlovy Vary. It was he who invented the drink, which has come to be known as “Becherovka”, by adjusting a recipe he received from an English physician called Christian Frobrig. The liquor has since become one of the most recognised Czech exports.
Confectionery manufacturers are among Czech businesses most likely to be hard hit by Brexit, Czech Radio reported this week. According to an analysis carried out by the country’s biggest bank, Česká spořitelna, about a quarter of confectionery goods produced in the country are destined for the British market.
There has been a significant rise in Fairtrade product sales in the Czech
Republic. The most significant increase was registered in cocoa beans
sales, which grew by 155 percent compared to last year’s numbers, Hana
Malíková, from the NGO Fairtrade Czech Republic and Slovakia, told
journalists at a press conference on Wednesday.
Fairtrade cotton sales also faired particularly well, increasing by 317 percent. Meanwhile, coffee and tea sales rose by 37 and 24 percent respectively.
Fair trade is an institutional arrangement designed to help producers in developing countries achieve better trading conditions. According to a recent survey, 52 percent of Czechs recognise the Fairtrade logo and nearly a fifth of shoppers bought a product with this label in the last quarter-year.
Health Minister Adam Vojtěch is preparing a draft bill which would
restrict advertising of tobacco and alcohol in the electronic media.
In a debate on TV Prima the minister said this was part of a broader effort to change harmful behavioural patterns.
Alcohol and tobacco are among the top causes of preventable deaths in the country. Minister Vojtěch noted that some children have their first experience with alcohol at the age of 12.
The government has also pushed through the lower house a bill to raise the tax on alcohol and tobacco which should come into effect next year.
The vast majority of Czech consumers, some 97 percent, want tougher quality parameters on foodstuffs sold in the country, according to a June survey whose results were made public by the Czech Consumer Association on Tuesday. More than nine out of ten respondents also said that they wouldn’t mind if the tougher rules resulted in restrictions on cheap food imports.
The agricultural trade fair Země Živitelka in České Budějovice
culminated with a traditional harvest festival at the weekend, attracting
thousands of visitors.
Farmers from around the country took part in the traditional harvest parade that included majorettes, horse riders and falconers, as well as a live badger.
Agriculture Minister Miroslav Toman thanked farmers for their good work and for being increasingly friendly to the environment. He said that despite problems with drought the agricultural sector was in good shape.
The trade fair, the largest domestic show of agricultural equipment, products and animals, attracts over 100,000 visitors every year. It closes on Monday.
The Environment Ministry is to receive an additional 250 million crowns
from the state budget next year to fight drought, bringing the
ministry's 2020 budget to 16 billion crowns, Environment Minister
Richard Brabec said following talks with Finance Minister Alena Schillerova
on Thursday. The additional funds are to be used for long-term landscape
changes, the construction of artificial water basins, wetland restoration
and support for water saving projects.
On Monday, scientists from the Czech University of Agriculture, who conducted a study into the possible future impacts of drought on the Czech economy, said that the state should spend at least CZK 25 billion annually in order to contain water in the country’s soil.
Another long-term drought could cost the Czech economy up to 80 billion crowns, equivalent to a drop of 1.6 percentage points in GDP, according to a new study. Researchers at the University of Life Sciences warn that in order to conserve water for essential use, key industries would be forced to cut production, adding an exponential ripple effect to the surface-level economic impact.
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