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Welcome

Agriculture as the backbone of the economic system of the Slovak Republic

In 2016, agriculture accounted for 3.6% of Slovakia’s GDP and occupied about 3.9% of the labour force. Farming sector is characterised by large farm holdings - the average farm size in Slovakia is 77.5 hectares, relative to the EU average of 14.4 ha. Over 40% of the land in Slovakia is cultivated.

The primary agricultural products are sugar beets, potatoes, wheat, barley, fruit, forest products, corn, pigs, cattle, poultry, and sheep. Another important sector in Slovakia's agriculture is malting and beer production. The country's most important agricultural trading partners are the Czech Republic, Germany, and Poland.

Room for Improvement

The main challenge for the country’s agriculture is the lack of interest among young people in going into farming. Furthermore, R&D sector lacks investments. Only approximately 0,7% of Slovakia’s GDP is spent on scientific research, which represents one of the lowest scientific budgets in Europe. Slovakia’s agri-food sector needs fundamental support and incentives for farmers to remain in the market through enhancing eco-systems related to agriculture.

EIT Food Hub in Slovak Republic: Slovak University of Agriculture in Nitra

Slovak University of Agriculture in Nitra is the only agricultural university in Slovak Republic. One of the main research focuses of the university is the food sector. With its national scope, the university brings the education, research and development and the transfer into practise together. The relevant internal infrastructure of the university for "agricultural product - food system" prioritly includes the Faculty of Biotechnology and Food Sciences and the AgroBioTech Research Center with Transfer Centre. The university created National Platform AgroBioFood Nitra to present Slovak Republic in the field of foodstuffs and biotechnology as the national node.

The national dish of Slovakia, bryndzove; haluky, is potato-dough gnocchi topped with soft sheep bryndza cheese and fried bits of bacon. The dish exemplifies the nature of Slovak cuisine; high-energy, low-cost and quick to prepare.

Contact Us

EIT Food Hub in Slovak Republic
Slovak University of Agriculture in Nitra
Tr. A. Hlinku 2
949 76 Nitra, Slovak Republic

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News

“What are the opportunities for the agrifood sector in 2021?” – Food Foresight podcast with prof. Klaus Grunert and Marja Liisa Meurice

“What are the opportunities for the agrifood sector in 2021?” – Food Foresight podcast with prof. Klaus Grunert and Marja Liisa Meurice

17 Dec 2020 As the 2021 approaches and is very much expected to be a fresh start after the disruptive 2020, we invite you to listen to the podcast on the changes in consumer habits and new trends for the agrifood industry that were accelerated by COVID19
Will agrifood sector in Central and Eastern Europe be able to innovate thanks to or despite of COVID19? News

Will agrifood sector in Central and Eastern Europe be able to innovate thanks to or despite of COVID19?

18 Nov 2020 Agri-food entrepreneurs in Central Eastern Europe should take up the challenge to innovate in these disruptive times
Meet the winners of EIT Food Innovation Prizes 2020 Startup News

Meet the winners of EIT Food Innovation Prizes 2020

17 Nov 2020 EIT Food present three startups who won in the Grand Final of RIS Innovation Prizes 2020 competition
The success of the EIT Food RIS Fellowships project - how we managed to overcome challenges News

The success of the EIT Food RIS Fellowships project - how we managed to overcome challenges

11 Nov 2020 We are proud to announce the spectacular success of EIT Food RIS Fellowships 2020 edition!
Impressions from Summer School on New Product Development 2020

Impressions from Summer School on New Product Development 2020

09 Nov 2020 EIT Food Summer School on New Product Development was an international event that brought together over 40 participants from different backgrounds and countries, who came to gain knowledge of the tools, techniques, and methodologies used in the process of new product development in the food industry
Call for expressions of interest to become EIT Food Hubs in 2021-2023 News

Call for expressions of interest to become EIT Food Hubs in 2021-2023

28 Oct 2020 EIT Food is looking for organisations that would assume the role of EIT Food Hub, one in each of the countries targeted by EIT Food’s Regional Innovation Scheme: Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia and Slovenia