Slovenia in the face of the crisis: The state will buy the entire harvest of

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The Slovenian Agency for State Goods Reserves (ZRSBR) will buy the entire wheat crop that Slovenian farmers will produce this year to protect the country’s food supply and stabilize prices, the country’s prime minister, Robert Golob, was quoted as saying. by Euractiv.com.

Public procurement has also been demanded by farmers and is a measure aimed at stabilizing prices on the Slovenian agri-food market and indirectly regulating retail prices.

“Unfortunately, the situation in the world, especially in Ukraine, is getting worse every day, which is clearly seen not only in prices but also in the availability of food on the market,” Prime Minister Robert Golob said in a public speech on Friday.

In addition to the purchase of whole wheat stocks, farmers will receive aid of 22 million euros, through several mechanisms, including subsidies for fuel, fertilizers and other products used in agricultural production.

“We want to help farmers by reducing the costs they have and, at the same time, we want to keep the fruits of crops entirely in Slovenia,” the prime minister added.

Golob added that the plan provides for Slovenia to enter the autumn season with higher reserves of goods than in other years, “because we are not facing a completely abnormal winter and it is logical to prepare thoroughly for it.”

“We would rather buy all the wheat directly from farmers than buy it from traders in the fall and be charged extra for it,” he said, announcing direct negotiations with wheat growers in the coming weeks.

In addition, the Ministry of Agriculture intends to monitor the prices of 15 products, a measure which Golob stressed is not equivalent to regulating prices.

“It’s not a regulation. Prices will not be set by the government, but by traders. The government will only ensure that prices are comparable and transparent to the public, “said Golob.

Slovenia reported an inflation rate of 10.4% in June, the highest in 26 years. If fuel prices have been regulated for some time, the new decisions are a first for the Ljubljana authorities to try to fight food price inflation directly, which affects the population, at least to the same extent.