Slovenia discusses agriculture cooperation with W Balkans


The political highlight of the International Green Week, the world's largest exhibition of food, agriculture and horticulture, was today's ministerial summit. On its margins, Slovenia reiterated its support for Western Balkans countries, said the Agriculture Ministry.

Bojan Pahor, the delegation head and director general of the food and fisheries directorate, said at a meeting with the region's representatives that Slovenia would ensure exchange of know-how and provide assistance in the adoption of EU agricultural policies.

So far, Slovenia has assisted Montenegro and Hungary and is currently preparing a technical assistance project to help Serbia strengthen its administrative capacity in the field of viticulture, oenology, organic farming and agricultural diversification.

Meanwhile, the EU Commission held on Friday an international conference about the effects of African swine fever on the future of global pork production.

Slovenia is aware of and will mitigate the risks. It will also tackle regulations which have been shown to be inadequate in order to prevent a potential outbreak, said the ministry.

The Berlin trade show will run until next Sunday and features more than 1,800 exhibitors from some 70 countries. Slovenia's agriculture and food are showcased under the slogan Plant Your Success, with its cuisine and wine being in the spotlight due to the country's 2021 European Region of Gastronomy title.