President Klaus opens international agricultural fair in České Budějovice
Czech President Václav Klaus opened the 38th International Agricultural Fair, Země Živitelka, or Bread Basket, in České Budějovice on Thursday. More than 740 domestic and foreign firms are participating in the fair which this year focused on regionally produced foods. At the opening ceremony, President Klaus said that in the current period of economic crisis and restrained government spending, farmers needed to work more effectively as they could not look to the state for assistance. The Czech agriculture minister, Ivan Fuksa, who also attended the fair on Thursday, told reporters he was not considering the privatization of the Budvar brewery. Mr Fuksa said the time was not right for the sale of the state-owned firm but did not rule out the sale of some five to seven percent of the company in the future.