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Imports of agricultural and food products are growing, and our agriculture is failing

first_imgIn parallel with the growth of exports, the growth trend of imports continuedCompared to 2016 last year, imports of agricultural and food products grew by 11,5 percent, and in the first six months of 2018 imports were at the level of one billion and 467 million euros, which is 6,4 percent more than in the same period last year. We exported the most chocolate and other products with cocoa, fresh and chilled fish and cigarettes, while we mostly imported pork, bread and bakery products and animal feed preparations.Among the 24 observed groups of agricultural and food products, we had a positive balance in trade in only seven groups of products: cereals, fish, sugar, oilseeds and herbs, tobacco, meat products and various food products. ‘Source: HGK”The total coverage of imports by exports of agri-food products of only 60% indicates a general low competitiveness and insufficient volume of domestic production of primary agricultural products and products of the food processing industry. We should be especially concerned about those categories in which the coverage of imports by exports is less than 50%, and these are precisely those categories in which we have insufficient production – meat, milk and dairy products, vegetables and fruits” concludes Dragan Kovacevic. We encourage imports through tourism. Crazy, funny, tragic… The meaning of tourism is the maximum use of local resources. If we connect everything into one complete tourist story, tourist consumption is dispersed to various industries in the tourist destination, because the greatest power of tourism is that it is not one industry, but connects, vertically and horizontally, all other industries and activities. The goal is to increase tourist consumption and to reduce that tourist consumption to the local or national economy.On the one hand, we have a great demand, ie consumption through tourism, we have agricultural resources from the interior of Istria, Dalmatian hinterland, Slavonia… and again the village and agriculture are declining, and we encourage imports through tourism. Crazy, funny, tragic…RELATED NEWS:THE COMBINATION OF “BLUE” AND “GREEN” CROATIA – DOES IT SOUND TO YOU?SMALL FAMILY TAVERNS KNOW HOW TO CONNECT BLUE AND GREEN CROATIA Croatian exports of agricultural and food products in the first six months of this year amounted to 884 million euros and were 4,25 percent higher than in the same period last year.”This is a continuation of many years of positive trends, although export growth is slowing down. In 2017, we recorded an increase in exports of agricultural and food products of 7,5 percent compared to 2016, which, in turn, compared to 2015, recorded an increase of almost 13 percent ”Explained the Vice President for Agriculture of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce Draga Kovačević, and added that  despite the growth of exports in the first six months of this year, increased the negative balance of foreign trade of agri-food products compared to the same period last year by over 50 million euros.Source: HGKlast_img read more

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Developers appointed for £240m Humber business park

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Amundi, Deutsche, ING and SSgA selected for ECB’s ABS spree

first_imgThe European Central Bank (ECB) has appointed four asset managers to execute its asset-backed securities (ABS) purchase programme – Amundi and Amundi Intermédiation, Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management International, ING Investment Management and State Street Global Advisors (SSgA). The ECB said the appointments followed a competitive negotiated tender procedure. The asset managers will conduct the ABS buying transactions on instructions from, and on behalf of, the Eurosystem, the bank said.Buying decisions will remain the sole responsibility of the Eurosystem, and it will check prices and perform due diligence before approving the deals, the bank said. The buying activity is expected to start during November, after the legal act has been published.The ECB said contracts with the executing asset managers included provisions to mitigate conflicts of interest, such as the separation of teams working for the ECB and those engaged in other activities.Stan Beckers, chief executive at ING Investment Management – soon to become NN Investment Partners – said: “This mandate (…) allows us to put all our knowledge, resources and experience to support the proactive development of European monetary policy.”He said the company was proud to have been selected for the task.last_img read more

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Four things we learned from Manchester City v Liverpool

first_imgSane’s ninth goal for City this season came after he also played an important role in unhinging Liverpool’s defence in the build-up to Sergio Aguero’s opener.Stones’ great escapeDespite dominating the early stages, City were just 1.12cm away from suffering a potentially game-changing self-inflicted wound as John Stones atoned for his mistake in dramatic fashion.With City backing off too far as Liverpool launched their first serious attack, Salah had time to pick his pass to Sadio Mane, whose shot hit the inside of the post.City defender Stones reacted with a panicked clearance against Ederson and the ball cannoned off the goalkeeper towards his own net.It looked certain to be a farcical own goal but Stones scrambled back to hook clear of the approaching Salah.Liverpool claimed it had gone in, but goalline technology showed that a tiny portion of the ball — just 1.12cm according to Premier League statistics — hadn’t crossed the line, meaning the decision to play on was correct.“I heard it was tight. I’m just happy it didn’t go over the line! Those sort of things can change a game,” Stones smiled.By such small margins are titles won and lost.Aguero haunts Liverpool againSergio Aguero has feasted on Liverpool at the Etihad Stadium and once again the Reds had no answer to City’s lethal finisher.Aguero’s 40th minute opener extended his streak of having scored in all seven of his home league games against Liverpool.Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2 Manchester, United Kingdom | AFP | Manchester City reignited their Premier League title challenge with a crucial 2-1 win over leaders Liverpool on Thursday.Leroy Sane’s superb second half strike handed Liverpool their first league defeat this season and moved the champions to within four points of Jurgen Klopp’s side.Here are four things we learned from the seismic showdown between the two leading title contenders:Sane makes his pointA season that started with Leroy Sane’s future at City in doubt is no longer a tale of woe for the German winger, who underlined his vast potential with the blistering winner that kept the champions’ title hopes alive.Frustrated after being left out of Germany’s World Cup squad, Sane began City’s first three league games on the bench and was then left out entirely for the trip to Newcastle amid claims Pep Guardiola was concerned by the youngster’s focus in training.The close-season signing of Riyad Mahrez from Leicester was another impediment to Sane’s progress.“It is the toughest situation I have to handle,” Guardiola said at the time.“When Sane plays he has to play well. I am pretty sure of that.”But the 22-year-old gradually regained Guardiola’s trust and returned to the team, although it wasn’t until October — when he scored four times in five games — that Sane really showed his true colours.Since then, Sane has been much closer to the buccaneering force who played a major role in their title success and City have opened talks over an extension to a contract that expires in 2021.Selecting Sane, who was signed from Schalke in 2016, for the key clash against Liverpool made it clear Guardiola had no further doubts.His faith was rewarded in the 72nd minute as he drilled a brilliant low strike past Alisson Becker and in off the far post.last_img read more