Leaders of HDSSB, a regional party covering Slavonia and Baranja, said in Osijek that the lumpy skin disease in cattle, after many other previous problems, will be the final blow for many large-scale and family farms in Slavonia, reports Index.hr on August 14, 2016.
Party president Dragan Vulin said at a press conference that the disease, although it has not yet appeared in Croatia, would have major repercussions on Croatian agricultural production. He added that the implementation of preventive vaccination drive, which has recently started in five counties, would result in extensive financial damages, because producers would not be able to market their good during the first 28 days after vaccination, and then, during the next 12 months, their prices would be much lower than usual.
Vulin said that in 2003 there were 65,000 dairy farms in Croatia, but today there are less than 8,000 of them. He explained it as largely a consequence of the fact that the state and all previous governments have not protected domestic agricultural production. They allowed low purchase prices, which caused farms to go bankrupt due to unsustainable production.