Archive for: January 21st, 2013

Vrgorac Farmers Trading In Strawberry Plants For Grapevines

It is one of Croatia’s most famous strawberry growing regions, which will soon be recognised as having its own geographical brand, but more and more farmers in the Dalmatian hinterland region of Vrgorac are beginning to turn their strawberry plantations into vineyards, writes daily newspaper Slobodna Dalmacija.

According to the local body records, the number of applications to plant grapevines has markedly increased, growing this year to 111,500 as more and more locals change tact from traditional strawberry growing.

The main reason Vrgorac farmers are losing interest in strawberry growing is down to the fact that they receive a healthy subsidy for planting grapevines, as opposed to strawberry growers who have now for the last few years not received any subsidies.

Strawberry grower Zaltan Vujicic, from the small village of Orah, where almost every family has a strawberry plantation, confirmed it was becoming a tough business to survive in.

“Last year we all recorded losses because of the unfortunate weather we had. But, already for a while now this (strawberry growing) is not paying off. Just look at the price of planting materials, investment, hard work and yield at the end, and the average price per kilogram for strawberries, you will see it has become one big fight,” said Vujicic.

Croatia Gets Its First Ever Mushroom Museum

Locals and visitors will be able to find out everything there is to know about mushrooms, such as which mushrooms are eatable, which are poisonous and which would result in death if they were eaten, when the first ever mushroom museum opens on Ban Jelacic square in Croatia’s capital Zagreb. The 250 square meter museum will be open until summer.

Zagreb Mayor Ribs Slovenes – “You Can Come Swim In Our Lakes”

Zagreb Mayor Milan Bandic has added his two cents worth into the current war of words between Slovenia’s Foreign Affairs Minister and the Mayor of Croatian city Rijeka.

“Dear friends (Slovenes), we don’t have a sea, but we have Bundek and Jarun (Lakes) so you can come here to swim,” quipped Bandic, alluding to a recent comment made on social network Twitter by Rijeka’s Mayor Vojko Obersnel.

Obersnel vented his anger after Slovenia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs said that Croatia’s entry into the EU on 1 July was in doubt. “If we don’t enter the EU, then you won’t enter the Adriatic”, wrote Obersnel.

Petric Gets Recalled For South Korea Friendly

Croatia coach Igor Stimac has recalled Fulham striker Mladen Petric when he named his squad to face South Korea in London on 6 February today.

Petric, who has been out of favour with selectors in recent times, will make his return in Croatian colours at his home ground Craven Cottage.

Stimac also named two youngsters who potentially could make their full Croatia debuts. Dinamo Zagreb’s Mateo Kovacic and Hajduk Split’s Franko Andrijasevic.

Croatia Squad: Pletikosa, Kresic, Strinić, Vida, Srna, Corluka, Simunić, Lovren, Schildenfeld, Maloca, Modric, Vukojevic, Radosevic, Kovacic, Andrijasevic, Sammir, Rakitic, Kranjcar, Perisic, Olic, Petric, Mandzukic, Jelavic, Kalinic, Da Silva.

Croatian Scientists Involved In Revolutionary Diabetes Discovery

Croatian scientists were part of an international consortium who have discovered the biomarker that can be used for screening to find those at hight risk of Maturity-onset diabetes of the young (MODY), said the company Genos today.

Besides scientists from Genos, Croatian scientists from Zagreb, Osijek and Split played are part in the ground-breaking discovery.

“In the Genos laboratory we can conduct testing of molecular markers, and we hope that we will soon establish a system that will allow any interested patients to check for MODY type diabetes,” said Genos researcher Mislav Novokmet.

Company Names In Foreign Languages To Be Allowed

Croatia’s Minister of Entrepreneurship and Trade Gordan Maras has announced an imminent change to current laws which will finally allow companies registered in Croatia to have a foreign name.

Up until now, companies had to have their name in either Croatian, Greek, or Latin, but that is about to change. The change, which will allow companies to be named in foreign languages, is expected to be made during the first half of this year.

British Farmers Want Croatian Fruit And Vegetable Pickers

Despite having more than 2.5 million unemployed in their own country, Britain’s National Farmers Union (NFU) are looking for Croatian fruit and vegetable pickers for seasonal work on British farms.

According to British media, the NFU want the government to sign an agreement with Croatia to allow its seasonal workers to enter the UK and work on British farms. The union says that they require a further 20,000 workers, or face a huge quantity of fruit and vegetables to go unpicked.

Until now Croatia has had only a bilateral agreement for seasonal workers with Germany. Last year 6,198 workers went to Germany to work in agriculture.

Croatian Junior Still Going Strong At Australian Open

Croatia maybe left without a player in the Australian Open, but one of its brightest hopes in the Australian Junior Open is still going strong.

Ana Konjuh (15) has just won her 14th match in a row to advance to the 3rd round of the Australian Junior Open in Melbourne. Konjuh, from Dubrovnik, beat Japanese player Mami Adachi 7:6, 6:2.

Konjuh has had a great couple of months, winning tournaments in the U.S including the prestigious Orange Bowl.

VIDEO: Legendary DJ Armand Van Helden To Play In Croatia

One of the most famous DJ’s in the world is coming to Croatia for the first time on 1 February to play at Zagreb’s Velesajam.

American Armand Van Helden, whose last huge hit was “Barbara Streisand”, has played as headline act at some of the most famous music festivals in the world. He has worked with some of the biggest names in music such as the Rolling Stones, P.Diddy, Janet Jackson, Katy Perry, Britney Spears and Tori Amos.

Van Helden will play with four local Zagreb DJ’s at the Velesajam party. Tickets can be obtained via;

Fake War Veteran Ordered To Pay Back €40,000

A 53-year-old Croat who received 40,000 euros in benefit payments as an invalid as a result of the countries homeland war in the 1990’s, has been ordered by the courts to pay the money back after he was uncovered as a fraud.

The man falsely claimed to the War Veteran’s Ministry in 1996 that he was injured on the battlefield in 1994 as a member of the 141. brigade of the Croatian Army. The incident never existed, and now the man must return the 308,478 kuna (40,000 euros), reports Vecernji list.

The sentencing judge said that the sentence is a warning to all of those who had been claiming benefits illegally as war invalids.The man also received a 2-year suspended jail sentence.