ZAGREB, Dec 11 (Hina) – Agriculture Minister Marija Vuckovic said on Friday that the government would do everything to repair the damage from the floods in the Vrgorac area, adding that her ministry will help everyone who has lost their investments in bulb vegetables, greenhouse production and strawberry production.
“As a representative of the Croatian government, I can confirm that we will do everything that is possible to repair the damage to family houses. Ten houses have been damaged so far and I hope there will be no more,” Vuckovic told reporters in the flooded area near Kokorici village.
She also announced that production losses would be compensated for and that in agreement with local and county response teams the area would be cleaned up and repaired.
Recalling that such a flood had not occurred in that area for more than 50 years, Vuckovic warned that the damage from this year’s flood was severe.
Vuckovic said that her ministry would help everyone who had lost their investments in bulb vegetables, greenhouse production and strawberry production with subsidies.
She stressed that the government and her ministry would not allow agricultural production to stop because of floods.
Vuckovic also said that they had today discussed the most important strategic projects for that area — draining excess water from the Vrgorac field and Rastoke.
Split-Dalmatia County to declare natural disaster due to “millennium flood”
Split-Dalmatia County Deputy Prefect Ante Sosic announced that a state of natural disaster would be declared due to the “millennium flood”, expressing satisfaction with subsidies that the Ministry of Agriculture would provide as compensation for lost agricultural crops.
He said that his county, together with the town of Vrgorac, would help restore perennial plantations, especially strawberries and other crops.
Sosic said it would be necessary to urgently start repairing the damage inside the facilities and restore agricultural crops because Vrgorac strawberry was their county’s and Croatia’s brand.