At this point in time, Croatia currently has 17 producer organisations in eight sectors but they have only 700 members of a total of 170,000 farms. The process of amalgamating producer organisations has picked up somewhat over the past few years but is still unsatisfactory and needs to be enhanced.
Amalgamation has best been seen in the fruit and vegetable sector with 4 producer organisations, followed by 3 each in the cereals, milk and dairy, and beef and veal producer organisations.
As far as geographic location is concerned, Osijek-Baranja and Vukovar-Srijem counties have the best amalgamation results – with 3 organisations each while amalgamation in Istria, Dalmatia and Lika counties has not picked up.
Industry experts believe that amalgamation of farmers should be a strategic objective for Croatia’s agriculture policy. That is a reasonable and rational approach to resolving the problem of the survival of farms and enables an equal chance on the market.
In 2017 the EU had 3,505 producer organisations, with more than half (52%) in the fruit and vegetable sector, followed by the dairy sector (38%). France has the most producer organisations – 724, followed by Germany (692), Italy (583) and Spain (579).