AGRICULTURE POLLUTION CONTROL PROJECT
The Republic of Croatia received a grant from the Global Environment Facility (GEF), approved by the World Bank, for financing of the Agricultural Pollution Control Project – APCP. The project presents one of the most important agricultural activities of the Republic of Croatia in the context of adoption of new regulations and preparation for the EU membership.
In today’s environment, in the world where the need for quality food and clean water is increasing every day, the only important issue is not HOW MUCH food is produced but also HOW it is produced. The quantity of drinking water and preserved, pure soil rapidly decrease while at the same time world population records a rapid growth. In such conditions, in 21st century, agriculture is still the most important field – primarily as the source of food for humankind, but also as a human activity with the highest effect on water and soil.
In the context of the above mentioned the Agricultural Pollution Control Project (APCP) will contribute to overall efforts to keep food production effective and sustainable. The global goal of the APCP is to protect Dunav Basin and Black Sea against pollution from agricultural sources in the Republic of Croatia.
The APCP goal at the national – development level is to stimulate and apply good agricultural practice in accordance with modern standards and measures. Most of the measures are regulated by the system of regulations and guidelines which are result of the Common Agricultural Practice (CAP) of the European Union – so- called, cross-compliance. The cross-compliance and its regulations like the nitrates directive will to a great extent affect the production method in the following years. For this reason one of the most important tasks of the project is to strengthen and educate producers in order to assist them in changes ahead of them.