Agriculture Minister Davor Romic said in Brussels on Tuesday that Croatia has proposed a special item on the agenda of today's meeting of European Union agriculture ministers in Brussels, about the difficulties of dairy farmers, and that, together with a group of countries, it requested concrete measures for dealing with frost damage.
"Croatia has proposed a special item in which we wish to inform the European Commission about the situation in an especially delicate and vulnerable sector, milk production," Romic said.
Milk production in Croatia dropped 12.6 percent in the past year and over 20% in 2014-16, with purchasing prices also dropping because milk production in the EU increased after production quotas were cancelled and Russia imposed an embargo.
"As milk production grows in the EU the pressure on farmers in Croatia is stronger and stronger and, unfortunately, they are scrapping production. Today we will inform the Commission of our demands for applying aid measures for dairy farmers the same as last year as well as for other measures which we are willing to implement to save this delicate sector from ruin," Romic said.
Croatia along with Austria, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Slovenia has launched an initiative to inform the Commission about frost damage in some member states. "We will ask for some... concrete measures," Romic said, adding that frost damage in Croatia was estimated at EUR 120-150 million.