Komerční banka and the Association of Private Farming of the Czech Republic (ASZ) have signed a partnership agreement for 2016 and continue in their successful cooperation.

“Private farmers have been among Komerční banka’s most respected clients for a long time. Our priority is long-term partnerships with them, providing high quality services and also supporting what is important for private farmers’ operations. Following our last year’s partnership with the project focused on farmland, we have therefore decided to support this year’s project, Water, Soil, and Farmers. We provide private farmers with a comprehensive range of products covering their most frequent requirements such as the financing of operations, machines and equipment, and farmland. We also support start-up farmers; they can borrow up to CZK 600,000 quickly and easily and without any security,” says Martin Ehrenberger, manager of Segment Management - Small Businesses.

Supported by Komerční banka, this year ASZ will again organise the popular Farming Fêtes, which welcomed 15,000 visitors last year. “As these events helped to raise awareness of the importance of land protection last year, this year they should highlight the complicated issue of water management in the landscape. Attention should focus on this issue in particular now, in the situation of climate changes. The Farming Fêtes will also certainly help to promote Czech farmers and their importance for our countryside,” explains Josef Stehlík, ASZ Chairman.  

The ASZ members’ farms, located in various parts of the country, will open their gates to both experts and laymen this year again. For families with children, full-day fringe programmes will be prepared, including the option of touring the farm and buying farm produce. In addition, each event will include a half-day seminar, and each of the seminars will focus on one specific water-related topic. The seminars are organised as lectures and discussions with various experts in the subject matter, representatives of various organisations, and also the farmers themselves.

“We are delighted that in the wake of our partnership for the International Year of Family Farming and the International Year of Soils, we are following up by sponsoring a water project. As our clients confirm to us, these are the most important factors for successful farming,” concludes Martin Ehrenberger.