SPPK Promoting Five Priorities for New Government Manifesto

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Bratislava, April 5 (TASR) – Slovakia’s Agriculture and Food Chamber (SPPK) on Tuesday submitted to new Agriculture and Rural Development Minister Gabriela Matecna (SNS) a list of five priorities to be included in the new Government Manifesto, TASR learnt on the same day.

“Our basic priorities have been drafted in five points. We’d like the agricultural and rural policies to be included in the national economy and social policies. Another priority is to develop and approve a blueprint for the rural development in Slovakia for 2016-20, part of which should be the consumption of domestic agricultural products, improvement of Slovakia’s food security and seeing rural unemployment drop,” said SPPK director Milan Semancik at a press conference on Tuesday.

SPPK would also like to strengthen the position of Slovak farmers on the common European market via reforming the current Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) for 2014-20. Slovakia should also support competitiveness and effectiveness of the food industry via provision of investments in the renewal and innovation of pre-existing production and processing capacities.

The last priority is to promote the sale of Slovak agricultural and food products on the Slovak and EU markets as well as on markets of third countries.