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Slovakia to have a national stand at this year’s international agriculture fair Grüne Woche (Green Week) in Berlin

16-01-2007

Under the auspices of the Ministry of Agriculture of the Slovak Republic, Slovakia will present itself at one of Europe’s most high profile agriculture and horticulture related events – agriculture fair Grüne Woche - to be held in the capital of Germany, Berlin, from 19-28 January 2007. Although Slovakia’s presence in Berlin will not belong among the largest in terms of the square meters it will be occupying, the Ministry’s aim is to create a basis for a broader presentation of Slovak agriculture, food industry and horticulture produce, thus helping to boost Slovakia’s foreign trade in this vital sector of economy. The Slovak stand in Berlin will mainly belong to the nation’s meet industry, Slovak brewers and producers of fine Slovakian wines.

The official Slovak delegation at the international agriculture fair in Berlin will be led by agriculture minister Mr. Miroslav Jureňa who will be visiting Grüne Woche 2007 on the invitation of German agriculture and consumer protection minister, Mr. Horst Seehofer. Mr. Jureňa will take part at the fair’s official opening ceremony on January 18 and January 19, he will welcome his German counterpart, minister Horst Seehofer, in the Slovak national stand. Mr. Jureňa is expected to hold a series of bilateral talks with his colleagues from other countries as well, and a meeting has also been scheduled with EU agriculture and rural development commissioner, Ms. Mariann Fischer Boel, who is a regular visitor of the international Berlin fair.

The Slovak national stand will be located in Hall 10.2., where there will be erected a replica of the Bratislava castle. Under the castle’s replica Slovakian products will be presented by the nation’s exhibitor companies PM Zbrojníky, Topvar Topoľčany and the Union of Slovak Grape Growers and Wine Producers. Traditionally, it is the tasting of fine Slovak wines and beers that is expected to attract greatest interest of trade partners from Germany. Visitors of the Slovak stand will have an opportunity to taste ”Račianska and Tereziánska frankovka” - the most famous red wine from Rača (near Bratislava) - Empress Maria Theresa’s Court in Vienna had been regularly supplied with since 1767. The wine producer company Galafruit will present its uniquely produced Tokaj wine. The company Vitis Pezinok will let the visitors taste its excellent 2006 wines Irsai Oliver and Villa Víno Rača will present its Müller Thurgau. The Wine Company Topoľčianky will bring to Berlin and offer for tasting its Blue Portugal. Visitors will be offered to taste also the excellent alcohol-free beverage made of grape juice and suitable for all age groups, VINEA. The Carpathian Brady Special is an exquisite brandy with more than a 30-year production tradition. It has a unique mature taste, flavour and beautiful amber colour. Its production procedure is based on double distilling from best-quality Small Carpathian wines let to mature in 300-litre oak barrels.

In the Hall 25, Slovakia will be exhibiting one of the oldest cultural breed horses, Lipizzaner, as well as a unique Carpathian breed Hucul which has been included in FAO’s Red Book. Six Lipizzaner horses from the Topolčianky Company will perform examples of the classical Topoľčianky horse-riding school with elements of high Spanish school mastery. Two Hucule breed mares will be shown with horse-riding and carrier saddles.

Agriculture minister Miroslav Jureňa considers Slovakia’s presence at the Grüne Woche international fair to be of great importance, both from agriculture presentation point of view as well as because of its importance in the political context since Germany has just taken over European Union presidency. Germany is one of Slovakia’s most important agriculture and food-trade partners. Present at the prestigious event’s official opening ceremony will also be European Commission President, Mr. José Manuel Barroso, as well as German Chancellor, Ms Angela Merkel.

15. January 2007

Ministry of Agriculture of the Slovak Republic
Press and PR Department
Jana Kaplanová
Director
Dobrovičova 12, 812 66 Bratislava
Tel.: 02 59266 272, 02 59266 311
e-mail: info@land.gov.sk

FURTHER INFORMATION

International agriculture, food and horticulture fair Grüne Woche, held from 19-28 January 2007 in Berlin, is the most important event of its kind in Germany. It provides food producers from all over the world with a unique opportunity to exhibit, present and test their new products on top of being an excellent chance for high level meetings of key agriculture policy makers.

Last year the prestigious even was visited by as many as 62 Agriculture Ministers or their deputies, 31 Prime Ministers and their delegations as well as 63 Ambassadors and Consuls.

The Union of Slovak Grape Growers and Wine Producers is a voluntary organization of Slovak wine producers. It was established on 11 August 1993. At present the Union has 26 members whose total output of wine amounts to 350 000 hl per annum. This represents 85% -90% of all wine produced in the Slovak Republic. The main purpose of the Union is to represent the interests of its members and to promote and present the quality of their products. The Union will be represented by Villa Víno Rača – a company growing grape on some 125 ha of vineyards in the Malé Karpaty wine belt which is the largest and oldest wine region in Slovakia. Wine tasting will be presented by a well known Slovak sommelier Ingrid Vajcziková.

Slovak beer Topvar will appear at the fair for the 13th time in a row. This time it will mainly be dark beer Marina which has won most beer-lover hearts, or a 12% beer Topvar that received a gold medal from the fair’s organizers in the previous years. Adding to the fine atmosphere at beer presenting will be the tunes of traditional Slovak folk music played by accordion player Jozef Nemec. The presenting of Slovak beers to German and other international visitors will be done by Mr. Jozef Nemec and his long-time colleagues.

Slovak meet industry will be represented at the fair by the company PM Zbrojníky, which has been in the meet processing business since 1993. The company produces some 70 tons of meet products daily – mostly various kinds of salami and hams, heat-processed products as well as meet delicacies and cold meet products. The company has ISO 9001/2000 certificate since 2002 and has been applying its own HACCP system. PM Zbrojníky is one of the first Slovak meet industry companies to have met strict EU criteria. Its slaughter-house has received ISO certificate from the renown company SGS. PM Zbrojníky sells its exquisite meat tin cans under the trade mark Fajne. The company’s prime goal is to supply the market with best-quality fresh meet products.

The horse breeding farm Topolčianky was founded on 15th October 1921 with the aim of specializing in breeding warmblood horses. This specialized stud farm concentrates on five thoroughbred breeds of horse: Lipizzaner, Hucul, Arab Thoroughbred, Shagya-Arab and Slovak Warmblood. Strict line-breeding policy is adhered to in the case of all the traditional breeds with the goal of preserving families and lines. The main priority is gene-pool conservation and gene preservation for the traditional types with a sufficient number of breed horses.

The stud farm has some 1 000 ha of agricultural land on which it breeds 550 horses and 300 Holstein cows with an average milk output of 9000 liters. It maintains a central Slovak horse registry and provides certificates of the origin of all horse breeds. It has been charged with the task of maintaining national breed registers for the Lipizzaner, Hucul, Arab Thoroughbred and Shagya-Arab horse breeds. Stud Farm Topolčianky is a member of all international and world horse-breeder organizations. Since 2003 it manages a sperm bank resource centre and a horse insemination station under the European registration number ISŽ 001.