Croatian Agriculture Ministry to Help Fire-Stricken Sibenik-Knin County

Lauren Simmonds

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As Morski writes, the Minister of Agriculture, Marija Vuckovic, visited the fire-stricken areas spanning Sibenik-Knin County this week, where she announced that aid for these areas from the Croatian Agriculture Ministry was set to come.

A large number of OPG (family farm) owners in Sibenik-Knin County suffered enormous damage and losses from the recent wildfire that consumed more than three thousand hectares of land in Zaton, Raslina and Vodice. Among the family farms that lost everything in the fire is that of Ivan Cvitan, whose 400 olive trees were burned in the flames, as well as the OPG owned and managed by Drazen Severdija, whose vineyard was also totally destroyed by fire.

In the Vodice area, large losses in the number of beehives and olive trees are recorded, which is absolutely tragic for numerous reasons. The aforementioned Sibenik-Knin County family farms were visited by the Minister of Agriculture, who announced the arrival of financial assistance for this Dalmatian county.

”We, as the competent ministry, will help in the restoration of the burned olive groves and vineyards through a decision made by the Croatian Government, and in cooperation with Sibenik-Knin County’s administration. According to the information we received out here on the ground, about 100 hectares of olive groves, vineyards and orchards were burned down, and we will see what the damage assessment will be. In any case, we will certainly activate measure number five, which will help with the reconstruction of the burned areas,” announced Minister Vuckovic.

As a quick reminder, due to the wildfire in which more than three thousand hectares of land in Zaton, Raslina and Vodice burned a week ago, not to mention around houses, Sibenik-Knin County declared a state of major disaster. A devastating thirty houses, several cars, boats and agricultural machinery were burnt, and domestic and farm animals lost their lives.

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