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16th Top Agro another success for Slovak Guild

Top Agro Slovakia, one of the main annual events  of the Club of Agricultural Journalists (KPN), the  Slovak IFAJ guild, went  very successfully this year.

For 16 years, KPN has been compiling its list of the 100 best Slovak agricultural companies and farms, who are honoured at the Top Agro event.

At the 2011 event, the 350  guests included  Zolt Simon, the Minister of Agriculture of the Slovak Republic, who presented awards to the top  companies and farms.

Top Agro   2011  was held in Rimavská Sobota, a small town in southern Slovakia noted for its excellent agriculture, but  in a  region hit  by  high unemployment.

The event  brought badly needed  business for local hoteliers and catering establishments, and TV and other media coverage of  Top Agro helped to  increase awareness of the region.

KPN members secured  support for the event from the Slovak branch of the Italian bank, Unicredit, and from other sponsors.
KPN members as usual compiled a  104-page yearbook presenting the 100 best Slovak farmers and agricultural firms. For the 14 members  (and not all are active),  it meant  travelling through Slovakia in a short time and gathering  timely reports and pictures.

The yearbook is also an opportunity for club members to publish reports on agriculture overseas, including their participation  in IFAJ Congresses.

In addition, Top Agro Slovakia generates some money for KPN, which in turn enables members to travel overseas for events such as the IFAJ congresses each year too.

Interestingly, an agricultural co-operative farm backed by  Danish capital and led by a Dane,   Michael Bager Houmann, was ranked in second place in the Slovak Republic by Top Agro in 2011.

This is an example of the recently changing ownership structures of many Slovak agro-firms. Several foreign investments have been made recently, particularly by Danish investors in beef meat production.
What is the current Slovak agriculture like? Wrestling with  problems similar to all EU countries!
Agricultural prices have recovered this year, but managers are still prudent about the economic crises,  and cautious when making investment decisions.

Slovak farmers are not satisfied with the new draft CAP proposal which provides less support  after 2014 to them, in comparison with farmers from the old EU countries. They also oppose proposed limitation of direct payments for big farms which are typical for Slovakia, resulting from the  previous regime’s land concentration policies.
Slovak farmers  do not like the 7% land setaside proposal either.

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