Agriculture Ministry Launches Project in Support of Dairy Producers

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Bratislava, August 3 (TASR) – The Agriculture and Rural Development Ministry has launched measures aimed at stabilising dairy production in Slovakia and supporting employment, Michal Feik from the ministry’s communication office told TASR on Wednesday.

As part of the measures, state-run company Slovakia’s Breeding Services has sent out a total of 2,692 contracts plus questionnaires to all cattle breeders throughout the country. The questionnaires are supposed to gather key information on individual bulls, including types of cattle, milk output, reproduction parameters, economic indicators and information on soil and workers, for example.

According to Feik, the information could help to reveal both strong and weak points of Slovak cattle breeders and provide a basis for further supportive measures.

“This system will require around €33 million. It should bring about effective breeding and dairy production based on production, reproductive and economic criteria,” said Agriculture Minister Gabriela Matecna.

Data for the project should begin to be collected this week, with Slovakia’s Breeding Services planning to pay out the funds to most breeders by the annual Agrokomplex fair in Nitra (August 18-21).

“If breeders engage in active communication, almost the entire amount could be paid out by the end of August,” added Feik.