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  30.11.2019, 13:31h


The 13th meeting with local inhabitants

The 13th meeting of traditional agricultural producers and entrepreneurs along the Krka River was held on Saturday, November 30, 2019 in the conference hall of the Visitor Center in Laškovica.

The lecture on organic meat production was held by Ivica Kosor from the Directorate for Expert Support in the Development of Agriculture and Fisheries of the Ministry of Agriculture, who discussed the production of pršut (prosciutto) and panceta (pancetta) in the past and currently, what needs to be addressed at each stage of production, what are the most common mistakes, and how to correct them. Good pršut is the result of a traditional method of production and adaptation to local climatic conditions, and on this basis the pršut from Drniš was certified by the Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Croatia as a product with a protected geographical origin.

Organic production plays a double role, on the one hand supplying the market according to consumers' demands for organic products, and on the other, contributing to environmental protection, animal welfare, and rural development. Considering its geographical location, climatic characteristics, environmental conditions, and high quality pastures, the Republic of Croatia has all the necessary conditions for the breeding and production of meat in an environmentally acceptable manner. Animals used in organic farming must come from an organic production area and remain in such a production system throughout their life. Organic farming enables the production of high-value foodstuffs, since the animals feed on organically produced fodder, which gives the meat the appropriate quality without the use of chemical compounds and additives in the meat itself.

Preserving traditional animal breeding, or encouraging local people to become involved with it, is one of the projects of the Krka National Park in cooperation with the local community. The disappearance and overgrowth of pastures and meadows in the area of the Krka National Park is a successive issue that has fostered a model for restoration of overgrown rocky pastures with grazing in the Park as a multi-year project for the protection of natural features. The grazing model has contributed, so far successfully, to the return of biodiversity to the stony grasslands of the Krka National Park and to the economic development of the area along the Krka River.

The Krka National Park organizes meetings of traditional agricultural producers and businessmen along the Krka River with the aim of education and support through interactive workshops and lectures. The preparation of developmental programs in local communities alongside the Krka National Park is part of a long-term strategy that will achieve strengthening of the local economy and rural development within the Natura 2000 region through the development of projects in the coming years, and create preconditions for long-term development, protection, and education.