ZAGREB, Dec 18 (Hina) – The Crotaste House of Croatian Food, a promotional-sales outlet with a wide range of domestic products from all around Croatia, opened in downtown Zagreb on Friday, offering 220 various products from over 100 producers.
Crotaste, located near Europe House in the city’s centre, offers a wide range of domestic products including Slavonian salami, Dalmatian prosciutto, GMO-free eggs, asparagus, wine, olive oil, Pag cheese and fish from the Adriatic.
The project is the result of cooperation between the Croatian Agriculture and Food Agency (HAPIH), the Agro-Klaster company from Vukovar-Srijem County, the Ministry of Agriculture and Vukovar-Srijem County.
“Our aim is to secure a place for SMEs from all over Croatia to promote and sell their products with the European quality label in the centre of the capital city, which is particularly important during these difficult times of the corona crisis,” HAPIH director Krunoslav Dugalić said ahead of the official opening.
Opening the Crotaste House, Agriculture Minister Marija Vučković underscored that this is finally the realisation of the idea of connecting Croatia’s blue and green regions.
“Croatia’s agriculture and food industry is continuing to work and develop during these difficult times. We are managing to make some structural changes, and despite everything, we have registered growth in agriculture and the food industry of a net 5% in production, and 10% in productivity compared to last year, which is an excellent result.” Vučković said.
She said this was possible in part due to the government’s job keeping measures, adding that EU funds helped boost agricultural development as well as other sectors such as fishing, the wood industry, and wine production for which COVID loans from the HAMAG agency for SMEs can be expected.
“We have secured HRK 360 million in income support for farmers who experienced a fall of 15% and many of them are wine producers,” she said, adding that despite travel passes being introduced, farmers will be allowed to work as they did during the spring lockdown.
Croatia’s defence minister Mario Banožić also attended the opening on Friday.
“This project puts my Slavonia, our Slavonia, in a position to be truly a generator of development in agri-food production. So, one step that will be a contribution to one overall result.”
“I believe that with the re-established freedom of movement of goods, Croatian products will be found on tables outside the Republic of Croatia and thus promote our Slavonia, but also other counties involved in this project activity and make up the total aggregate in the economy in agricultural and food production,” Banožić said.