Matecna: I Want to Set Up Analytical ‘Agricultural Policy Institute’

Bratislava, March 14 (TASR) - An analytical Agricultural Policy Institute should be set up at the Agriculture and Rural Development Ministry to examine the situation in the sector and propose solutions, minister Gabriela Matecna...

Kiska Vetoes Well-intentioned but Flawed Anti-Puppy Farming Bill

President Andrej Kiska on Thursday vetoed a bill approved by Parliament with the aim of clamping down on puppy farms, proposing that the legislation should be rejected as a whole when it comes up for a vote again, TASR learnt on the same day.

SNS Ready to Resist ‘Dictate’ of Brussels on Land Sale

Bratislava, February 27 (TASR) – The co-governing Slovak National Party (SNS) on Monday stated that it disagrees with the scrapping of the protection period for the sale of Slovak land, adding that it's ready...

Matecna: Current Law on Land Acquisition Also Limits Slovak Farmers

The current act on land acquisition is also restrictive for Slovak farmers, Agriculture and Rural Development Minister Gabriela Matecna (a Slovak National Party/SNS nominee) has said in connection with a piece of legislation that the ministry is planning to submit to the parliamentary session in March.

Agriculture Ministry to Support Growing of Elderberries and Apple Roses

Bratislava, February 15 (TASR) - The Agriculture and Rural Development Ministry is expanding support for farmers that cultivate somewhat unusual plants, such as strawberries, hazelnuts, elderberries and apple roses, the ministry's press department director...

Matecna: Same Foodstuffs in Slovakia and Austria Have Different Quality

Laboratory tests have confirmed that the quality of almost half of the same products manufactured by supranational producers is better in Austria than in Slovakia, Agriculture and Rural Development Minister Gabriela Matecna (a Slovak National Party/SNS nominee) told a news conference held on Tuesday with State Veterinary and Food Directorate (SVPS) chairman Jozef Bires in attendance.

Agriculture Ministry to Take Steps to Keep Slanske Forests in State Hands

The Agriculture and Rural Development Ministry and the state-run forestry company Lesy SR will take steps to ensure that the Slanske Forests remain the property of the Slovak Republic, Agriculture Minister Gabriela Matecna (a Slovak National Party/SNS nominee) told a news conference held on Friday with Lesy SR general director Marian Stanik in attendance.

Matecna: Bark Beetles and Wind Most Harmful Factors in Forests

High Tatras, January 26 (TASR) - Slovak forests are significantly troubled by strong winds and bark beetles, stated Agriculture and Rural Development Minister Gabriela Matecna (a Slovak National Party/SNS nominee) at a briefing in...

Slovak Bee-keepers Unable to Cover Honey Demand, It Must Be Imported

Bratislava, January 10 (TASR) - Honey consumption in Slovakia has increased to such an extent that Slovak bee-keepers aren't able to cover the demand for it, and Slovakia has to import honey from abroad,...

State to Give €3.5 million to Fruit Growers Affected by Late April Frosts

Bratislava, December 23 (TASR) - The state will provide financial assistance to the tune of €3.5 million for farmers affected by the late April frosts, of which €2.5 million will come from the Finance...

SMZ: Milk Production Down by 7 percent Y-o-Y in Slovakia

Bratislava, December 6 (TASR) – According to the latest reports, milk production in Slovakia has fallen by 7 percent year-on-year, the deepest slump in the EU, milk producers told Agriculture and Rural Development Minister...

Matecna: Dishonest Retail Practices Concern Almost Entire EU

Bratislava, November 28 (TASR) - Dishonest trading practices in the EU don't only concern Slovakia but almost all member countries, with this problem being one of key issues dealt with by Slovakia in agriculture...

Winegrowers Ask Environment Ministry to Lift Ban on Shooting Starlings

Bratislava, October 24 (TASR) - Large flocks of starlings, who appear to be more numerous than usual, are causing mass damage to the crops of winegrowers, who are now planning to ask the Environment...

Matecna: EU Members Have Found Compromise for Fishing in Baltic Sea

Brussels/Luxembourg, October 11 (TASR-correspondent) - Simplification of the rules of EU agricultural policies, along with food markets, relations between farmers and suppliers and quotas for fishing, were the main topics of the first day...

Soya Key Plant for Declaring Slovakia GMO-Free Country

Bratislava, September 6 (TASR) – Soya will most likely play a key role in the possibility of declaring Slovakia a GMO-free country, Association of Fodder Producers, Warehouses and Business Companies (ZVKSaOS) chief Marian Uhrik...

Matecna: Bark Beetles Decimating High Tatra Forests

High Tatras, August 30 (TASR) - Precious forests are dying out in the High Tatra Mountains due to an extreme outbreak of bark beetle related back to the November 2004 windstorm, Agriculture and Rural...

Fruit Growers: We Need State Help Before It’s Too Late

Sobrance, August 23 (TASR) - Slovak fruit growers are asking the state for financial aid before it's too late and they're unable to hire back people they've dismissed in response to the devastating late-April...

Report: Wood Reserves in Slovakia Rising Due to High Age of Forests

Bratislava, August 21 (TASR) - Overall reserves of wood, as well as wood reserves per hectare of forest land have increased in Slovakia, an Agriculture and Rural Development Ministry report for 2015 has revealed. "The...

Fico: Harvest Will Be Record One, But Price of Bread Might Not Drop

Nitra, August 18 (TASR) - Around 500 exhibitors have gathered for the 43rd annual Agrokomplex agriculture and food fair (August 18-21) at the complex of the same name in Nitra that was officially opened...