This Saturday, the Croatian Chamber of Agriculture (HPK) called on consumers, buyers and retailers to help domestic farmers by buying domestic vegetables. The reason behind this is that the corona crisis has put them in unenviable market position and this year’s yield risks going to waste.
Domestic farmers are desperate as they have no one to sell their product to and the yield risks staying in the fields instead of in stores and farmers’ markets, Vjekoslav Budnec, chair of the HPK vegetable farming committee, told a press conference
“Due to the fear of a vegetable shortage in the wake of the corona crisis, vegetable farming increased this spring, which was the goal, to raise self-sufficiency,” HPK leaders said.
This year’s yield is good but farmers have no one to sell it to as buyers knock the purchase price below the producer price, they added.
“Unfortunately, tourism and tourist consumption as one of the essential sales channels has been absent, while the import and placement of cheap vegetables and market surpluses from the EU and regional markets through retail chains have continued,” HPK said.