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Croatia Unveils Its First Digital Village in a Bold Move to Revitalize Agriculture

Strizivojna, a municipality in eastern Croatia, embarks on a groundbreaking journey as the site of the country's first Digital Village project, aimed at revolutionizing agricultural practices through digitization and modernization, particularly for the benefit of young farmers

In an ambitious leap towards modernizing its agricultural sector, Croatia has launched its pioneering Digital Village project in Strizivojna, a move that signals a new era for farming in the eastern part of the country. Announced on Monday, this initiative stands as a beacon of innovation, aiming to equip farmers, particularly the youth, with the necessary digital skills to enhance and sustain their agricultural practices.

The project, orchestrated by the esteemed Poslovni Dnevnik magazine and supported by the Croatian Ministry of Agriculture, sets its sights on making farming more efficient, profitable, and appealing to the younger generation. This one-year, cost-free program for farmers is not just a testament to technological advancement but also a commitment to rural revitalization.

Marija Vučković, the Agriculture Minister, pinpointed Strizivojna for its proactive stance in advancing agriculture and rural development. The municipality, home to 130 registered farmers—23 of whom are young—exemplifies the burgeoning potential of Croatia’s agricultural future. With young farmers constituting 19.7% of the farming demographic in the Osijek-Baranja County, significantly higher than the national average, Strizivojna is on the forefront of an agrarian renaissance.

The locality boasts an impressive agricultural canvas, with 1,500 hectares of farmland, predominantly privately owned, and over a thousand hectares dedicated to crop cultivation. This burgeoning agricultural activity underscores the strategic selection of Strizivojna as the crucible for this digital transformation.

Echoing the project’s potential, acting county head Mato Lukić highlighted the pivotal role of modern technology in aligning with the European Union’s agricultural policy, especially in fostering the development of young farmers. Furthermore, municipal head Josip Jakobović envisaged the initiative as a vital conduit for retaining the youth in rural locales, thereby counteracting urban migration trends.

As Croatia ventures into the digital age with its inaugural Digital Village, Strizivojna stands as a testament to the country’s resolve to marry tradition with technology, ensuring the vitality and sustainability of its rural heartlands. This project not only paves the way for a digitized agricultural future but also revitalizes the allure of rural life for the next generation, marking a significant milestone in Croatia’s journey towards agricultural modernization and sustainability.

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