Life in Slovakia is not a cheap salvation. Food that cannot exist without pulls almost a fifth of total income out of people’s pockets. In the EU-27, spending on food and beverages is only 12 percent, according to Eurostat, while Slovaks spend 17.2 percent on it. It has been auctioning the most popular pork for a year. The boneless delicatessen has already jumped over the limit of six euros per kilogram and the folk pork costs five euros.

A year ago, prices were almost one euro lower. They also fell a little at the beginning of the year to extend the lower rate of value added tax. No they are up again.

The country in which the production of pigmeat has de facto disintegrated and to narrow also gets milk production, does not have too many options than to face the tense situation on international food markets. In the game unpredictable factors such as human and animal diseases and global reorientation of food flows to more profitable markets.

The African swine fever is changing, especially in Asia, when it decimated last year pork production in China by as much as a quarter. And though the Chinese now particularly plagued by a coronavirus epidemic, they must eat. And so in large imports.

Those who have benefited from the human and breeding tragedy of the Chinese stabilized food production. These are Western European farms and meat processing plants, which will increase pig exports in 2020 by 13 percent to 3.9 million tonnes of pigs. The magazine stated that Agromagazine. Slovakia is not one of the exporters of pork. Verbally about it say butcher counters. The flags indicating the origin of the meat were in one from chains only German or Irish for beef. Where she fell production of pork, best documented by the fact that even a little of it pigs, which is still preserved in Slovakia – some 40 percent of the total consumption – about half of the animals go to slaughterhouses in Hungary or Poland.

The kingdom for the pig

When the English King Richard III. killed a horse in the last battle, on which he sat, he was willing to exchange the kingdom for a horse. What would they give today breeders for small piglets – weaners. Pork production survives unprecedented boom, but pigs to expand breeding is not called. Three years ago, a small piglet could be bought for breeding a kilogram of 1.7 to 1.8 euros, today it is not possible to get even more than double the price. Both large and large breeders want weaners. President of Agrodružstvo in Boľkovce does not manage to pick up the phones. Everyone has one question: Don’t have weaners for sale? Every year, their team raises 18,000, today they would he also sold twice as much. They want their businesses that Hundreds of small farmers have recently left pig farming.

Both found out that at a time of high pork prices pigs are worth breeding. But the possibilities of the cooperative are limited, and so on preference is given to permanent contractual partners and smallholders from the districts Lučenec and Poltár.

It makes sense, the team respects those who bought pigs as well at a time of low prices, and the small business environment is given priority, because a large cooperative farm is sure that people will buy a proven one biological material and will not go to Hungary to hunt animals, and Poland. Both neighboring countries are plagued by African swine fever and it cannot be ruled out that last year the plague migrated to eastern Slovakia for a penalty purchase. The kingdom for a pig? One thing is certain non-self-sufficient Slovakia will pay extra for pork this year. The price of disintegration once flourishing production is expressed by the price of weaners.

The consumer cannot hope for pork to become cheaper during the year. It can only rely on actions that reduce the cost of this or that type of meat. Let’s say he will buy a neck for four euros and save 30-40 cents. There are pigs namely, there are very few in Slovakia and large-scale breeders in Europe, as are Dutch or Danish, have found outlets either in Spain or in China. Hunger for meat raises the price of animals.

A year of not only expensive pork

One year ago, one of the last Slovak breeders sold pigs Agrodružstvo Boľkovce (district Lučenec) slaughter feeders after 1.15 euros per kilogram, now their price is 30 percent higher. According to The chairman of the cooperative Rastislav Slocik has no prospect of getting prices during the year they should change somewhat more significantly, rather modest price growth. This means that consumers have to reckon with the more expensive steak, roast ribs or pork knee throughout this year.

From January, a reduced 10% VAT applies to healthy food. These include dairy products, but the measure does not bring the expected results lower prices, rather hampers product prices. Really cheap milk, the best-selling one and a half percent, it costs 63 cents a liter. Where There are times when this milk was sold at a discount of 30 cents. It stands today whole milk is 99 cents and semi-skimmed milk will cost ten cents Cheaper. Yes, you can buy cheaper yogurts, but you need to watch discounts, in which prices will drop to 25 cents per cup.

As with pork, raw cow’s milk is auctioned. From the consumer’s point of view, one cent more expensive liter of raw material is almost unnoticeable. In the last two years, however, farm milk has risen in price by two cents per liter and this year dairies will pay farmers another cent more for raw material. If we add to this last year the established work allowances at night or over the weekend and also the growth of the minimum wage, we get according to President of the Slovak Dairy Association Stanislav Voskár answer to question why you need to reckon with prices during this year dairy products will grow.

As with meat and milk, the price ball comes to unwind there, where the raw material is born. In January 2020, Slovakia was left with only 387 dairy farms. There were half a decade ago 755. Despite the fact that in the breeding of dairy cows remained only those who produce intensified, ie milk yield per year from dairy breeds tens of thousands of liters milk on average per dairy cow, there is still no milk production stabilized.

“We examined the plans of our breeders for the new EU planning period, that is, the years 2021 to 2027. More than 40 percent of them did not think on farm modernization. If someone does not invest in the herd, technology and people, sooner or later they will leave the production of milk, “he evaluated succinctly future President of the Slovak Association of Primary Milk Producers Alexander Pinion. After all, last year did not turn out the famous, thinning dairy farmers failed to fully meet the contracted supply of milk to dairies.

Like out of a vicious circle

During the second half of 2019, food prices rose in Slovakia by 5.2 percent. Headline inflation in Slovakia was 2.7 percent last year. Times when food mainly due to a favorable international offer markets have dampened inflation, they are a thing of the past. Analysts’ estimate for this year is relatively optimistic. Food prices should only rise by more than two percent. This is the prognosis of Eva Sádovská from Wood & Company.

The analyst believes that “inflation in recent months affected by low unemployment, both nominal and real wage growth, and overall good purchasing power of the population. Gradually, however, it slows down economic growth will also begin to sign on a slight slowdown in price growth goods and services “, predicts the possible development of Eva Sádovská.

From the point of view of food security in Slovakia, it is important how the country more precisely, the government will settle what emerges from the upcoming parliamentary elections with the challenges facing the food economy.

The reality today is that domestic production is not able to be flexible respond to raw material deficits and the decimated food industry fails to meet the growing consumer demand for Slovak food.

“All retail chains declare that they want Slovak food, etc. those who had a lukewarm relationship with them. When dealing with quantity, quality and price supplied products, however, we get into a vicious circle because you in particular, we cannot advise on the price of better subsidized foreign competition, “ said Stanislav Voskár.

Voskár added that he considers it crucial how the new government will stand to system measures. Appropriate management of the department of them for food producers promised by the end of last year. These were to be support schemes from the so-called State – understand national – aid that must be approved by Brussels. “We haven’t seen them yet,” said Voskár.

From the new department, food producers expect to quickly prepare the system support measures notified by the European Commission. You should result in food aid of at least 60 million a year eur. To the question of whether this would also bring a stabilization of food prices, Voskár he said that where raw material production is sufficient, such assistance would the state could match imports, and where there is a problem with capacity and technologies, in turn at least to keep pace with the competition.

Slovakia needs to stabilize more than a shaky agricultural and food production. There is a noticeable weakened animal production, etc. fruit and vegetable production. “Let’s not expect miracles if into animal production there will be only one modernization challenge in volume for the ending period 30 million euros, “said Alexander Pastorek on the sidelines of the efforts made so far to revive production.

Life in Slovakia is not a cheap salvation. Food that cannot exist without pulls almost a fifth of total income out of people’s pockets. In the EU-27, spending on food and beverages is only 12 percent, according to Eurostat, while Slovaks spend 17.2 percent on it. It has been auctioning the most popular pork for a year. The boneless delicatessen has already jumped over the limit of six euros per kilogram and the folk pork costs five euros.

A year ago, prices were almost one euro lower. They also fell a little at the beginning of the year to extend the lower rate of value added tax. No they are up again.

The country in which the production of pigmeat has de facto disintegrated and to narrow also gets milk production, does not have too many options than to face the tense situation on international food markets. In the game unpredictable factors such as human and animal diseases and global reorientation of food flows to more profitable markets.

The African swine fever is changing, especially in Asia, when it decimated last year pork production in China by as much as a quarter. And though the Chinese now particularly plagued by a coronavirus epidemic, they must eat. And so in large imports.

Those who have benefited from the human and breeding tragedy of the Chinese stabilized food production. These are Western European farms and meat processing plants, which will increase pig exports in 2020 by 13 percent to 3.9 million tonnes of pigs. The magazine stated that Agromagazine. Slovakia is not one of the exporters of pork. Verbally about it say butcher counters. The flags indicating the origin of the meat were in one from chains only German or Irish for beef. Where she fell production of pork, best documented by the fact that even a little of it pigs, which is still preserved in Slovakia – some 40 percent of the total consumption – about half of the animals go to slaughterhouses in Hungary or Poland.

The kingdom for the pig

When the English King Richard III. killed a horse in the last battle, on which he sat, he was willing to exchange the kingdom for a horse. What would they give today breeders for small piglets – weaners. Pork production survives unprecedented boom, but pigs to expand breeding is not called. Three years ago, a small piglet could be bought for breeding a kilogram of 1.7 to 1.8 euros, today it is not possible to get even more than double the price. Both large and large breeders want weaners. President of Agrodružstvo in Boľkovce does not manage to pick up the phones. Everyone has one question: Don’t have weaners for sale? Every year, their team raises 18,000, today they would he also sold twice as much. They want their businesses that Hundreds of small farmers have recently left pig farming.

Both found out that at a time of high pork prices pigs are worth breeding. But the possibilities of the cooperative are limited, and so on preference is given to permanent contractual partners and smallholders from the districts Lučenec and Poltár.

It makes sense, the team respects those who bought pigs as well at a time of low prices, and the small business environment is given priority, because a large cooperative farm is sure that people will buy a proven one biological material and will not go to Hungary to hunt animals, and Poland. Both neighboring countries are plagued by African swine fever and it cannot be ruled out that last year the plague migrated to eastern Slovakia for a penalty purchase. The kingdom for a pig? One thing is certain non-self-sufficient Slovakia will pay extra for pork this year. The price of disintegration once flourishing production is expressed by the price of weaners.

The consumer cannot hope for pork to become cheaper during the year. It can only rely on actions that reduce the cost of this or that type of meat. Let’s say he will buy a neck for four euros and save 30-40 cents. There are pigs namely, there are very few in Slovakia and large-scale breeders in Europe, as are Dutch or Danish, have found outlets either in Spain or in China. Hunger for meat raises the price of animals.

A year of not only expensive pork

One year ago, one of the last Slovak breeders sold pigs Agrodružstvo Boľkovce (district Lučenec) slaughter feeders after 1.15 euros per kilogram, now their price is 30 percent higher. According to The chairman of the cooperative Rastislav Slocik has no prospect of getting prices during the year they should change somewhat more significantly, rather modest price growth. This means that consumers have to reckon with the more expensive steak, roast ribs or pork knee throughout this year.

From January, a reduced 10% VAT applies to healthy food. These include dairy products, but the measure does not bring the expected results lower prices, rather hampers product prices. Really cheap milk, the best-selling one and a half percent, it costs 63 cents a liter. Where There are times when this milk was sold at a discount of 30 cents. It stands today whole milk is 99 cents and semi-skimmed milk will cost ten cents Cheaper. Yes, you can buy cheaper yogurts, but you need to watch discounts, in which prices will drop to 25 cents per cup.

As with pork, raw cow’s milk is auctioned. From the consumer’s point of view, one cent more expensive liter of raw material is almost unnoticeable. In the last two years, however, farm milk has risen in price by two cents per liter and this year dairies will pay farmers another cent more for raw material. If we add to this last year the established work allowances at night or over the weekend and also the growth of the minimum wage, we get according to President of the Slovak Dairy Association Stanislav Voskár answer to question why you need to reckon with prices during this year dairy products will grow.

As with meat and milk, the price ball comes to unwind there, where the raw material is born. In January 2020, Slovakia was left with only 387 dairy farms. There were half a decade ago 755. Despite the fact that in the breeding of dairy cows remained only those who produce intensified, ie milk yield per year from dairy breeds tens of thousands of liters milk on average per dairy cow, there is still no milk production stabilized.

“We examined the plans of our breeders for the new EU planning period, that is, the years 2021 to 2027. More than 40 percent of them did not think on farm modernization. If someone does not invest in the herd, technology and people, sooner or later they will leave the production of milk, “he evaluated succinctly future President of the Slovak Association of Primary Milk Producers Alexander Pinion. After all, last year did not turn out the famous, thinning dairy farmers failed to fully meet the contracted supply of milk to dairies.

Like out of a vicious circle

During the second half of 2019, food prices rose in Slovakia by 5.2 percent. Headline inflation in Slovakia was 2.7 percent last year. Times when food mainly due to a favorable international offer markets have dampened inflation, they are a thing of the past. Analysts’ estimate for this year is relatively optimistic. Food prices should only rise by more than two percent. This is the prognosis of Eva Sádovská from Wood & Company.

The analyst believes that “inflation in recent months affected by low unemployment, both nominal and real wage growth, and overall good purchasing power of the population. Gradually, however, it slows down economic growth will also begin to sign on a slight slowdown in price growth goods and services “, predicts the possible development of Eva Sádovská.

From the point of view of food security in Slovakia, it is important how the country more precisely, the government will settle what emerges from the upcoming parliamentary elections with the challenges facing the food economy.

The reality today is that domestic production is not able to be flexible respond to raw material deficits and the decimated food industry fails to meet the growing consumer demand for Slovak food.

“All retail chains declare that they want Slovak food, etc. those who had a lukewarm relationship with them. When dealing with quantity, quality and price supplied products, however, we get into a vicious circle because you in particular, we cannot advise on the price of better subsidized foreign competition, “ said Stanislav Voskár.

Voskár added that he considers it crucial how the new government will stand to system measures. Appropriate management of the department of them for food producers promised by the end of last year. These were to be support schemes from the so-called State – understand national – aid that must be approved by Brussels. “We haven’t seen them yet,” said Voskár.

From the new department, food producers expect to quickly prepare the system support measures notified by the European Commission. You should result in food aid of at least 60 million a year eur. To the question of whether this would also bring a stabilization of food prices, Voskár he said that where raw material production is sufficient, such assistance would the state could match imports, and where there is a problem with capacity and technologies, in turn at least to keep pace with the competition.

Slovakia needs to stabilize more than a shaky agricultural and food production. There is a noticeable weakened animal production, etc. fruit and vegetable production. “Let’s not expect miracles if into animal production there will be only one modernization challenge in volume for the ending period 30 million euros, “said Alexander Pastorek on the sidelines of the efforts made so far to revive production.