This Tuesday on August 11 in Osijek the old Villa Batory was starting to show signs of great progress. The roof was looking great with a newly constructed roof. The façade was meticulous being reconstructed with its original decoration motifs of small sculptures. Most people in Osijek when I spoke to in the past five years thought nothing good could be done and it was stuck in limbo. This year the villa Batory starts to be turned back into its former glory, as one of the most Iconic buildings of Art Nouveau era. The time Villa Batory was built had happened during the industrial era and the height of Osijek’s good fortune.
The villa Batory was sold last year after being lost and forgotten to fall apart and sink into the abyss like the many other buildings in Osijek-Baranja County. The public has only dreamt that maybe it could be saved. However, Villa Batory had remained stuck in years of paperwork and other legal details. The Philanthropist, patron humanitarian “Branko Ostović” had bought it for five million kunas from the Osijek KBC and immediately gave an extraordinary announcement that his only goal was to protect it from further decay.
It is interesting how Ostović claims that he has absolutely no business plans with it. "I bought it solely to save it from further decay. We are starting on the renovation of the building and the return of the old splendour/brilliance, and generations after me will think about how they will use it. Now I can afford to deal with the arranging this building purely out of gusto and love of beauty ", said the new owner of the villa. The villa is dated from 1906. Located on Radićeva Street.
(Loosely translated from source of Osijek 031)
Zanimljivo je kako Ostović tvrdi da nema apsolutno nikakvih poslovnih planova s njom “Kupio sam ju isključivo da ju spasim od daljnjeg propadanja. Krećemo u renovaciju zgrade i povrata starog sjaja, a generacije nakon mene neka razmišljaju kako će ju iskoristiti. Sada si mogu priuštiti da se bavim uređenjem ovog objekta čisto iz gušta i ljubavi prema ljepoti“, rekao je novi vlasnik vile iz 1906. godine u Radićevoj ulici
The renovations are said to be in the range of forty-five million kunas. The purpose and use of the building are yet to be known to the public. It just goes to show you never say never as positive things do happen in Osijek.
Croatia local OPG helping to get food to the people.
In this day and age of change of living due to the unprecedented circumstances, people are relying on local resources to keep things moving and putting food on the table. Things changed when the markets were ordered to close from the government advisory of Croatian Civil Protection Authority. With many Croatians demanding fresh local produce as they are increasingly choosing and selecting Croatian products. Young and old are paying more attention to their diet of healthy living. There is greater confidence in consuming the local product as they can taste the quality and freshness of the fruits and vegetables. The other great thing is that many have built a relationship of knowing the local OPG producers at the market. However, the town and city center open-air markets are now closed as well as public transportation until further notice because of the virus and safety issues.
Social Media Platforms used to reach the consumer.
Local OPG producers have found solutions to the issues mentioned and are currently using social media platforms to build awareness. They are let the consumer know that they have fresh vegetables available. What a lot of people may not be aware of is that some these OPG agricultural farmers have chosen to start personally delivering to people’s homes.
The entrepreneur spirit is alive and well.
Croatia has plenty of Agricultural Land that could produce local goods. When one looks back to 2019 at the things slowly started to improve for this sector. The Croatian government has established financial supporting for small business to start-up. This has helped to encourage young people and the means necessary to start a business is Agricultural. There were a lot of private business and public companies that saw this as a way to revitalize farming communities and creating jobs. There has been a small return to people being encouraged to start their own business in Agriculture.
One only has to see that there are many search results when typing the following “Croatia entrepreneurs support for start-up business in agriculture”
The information has been posted at the market and each part of Croatia has posted bulletins on how to reach out to OPG. It’s best to find out which farmers are participating in reaching out to the community.
This is a post from the Osijek Market. https://www.trznica.hr/opg-a-trznica-osijek/
“Due to a large number of customer inquiries, we are enclosing a list of all certified manufactures/producers that sell their products in Osijek markets. We hope you buy your fruits and vegetables directly from them.”
Each city in Croatia may have different ways of getting the word out to the people that fresh produce is available. It’s always best to do a little on-line research to find out more information.
What is the cost of purchasing items?
The cost of getting fresh food on the table varies depending on the products selected as well the distance of the delivery. Some have solved the problem figured out ways to keep the cost down by the amount purchased and if there is a way of forming a delivery route. For example, if there is a cluster of residents in the same neighbourhood and the route can be established for that day. It is best to reach out to the business that is providing the service.
There are transportations hurdles.
With measures in place to restrict the movement of people and vehicles from crossing between city boundaries paperwork is required. Fortunately, Local OPG has the paperwork that enables them to carry out essential services. The producers have been self-organized in obtaining Civil Protection Licenses for the delivery of products as the crops are being vegetables are being harvested before the season is over. Thus enabling them to deliver to consumers and food industry grocery stores, food depots and small business such as take-out service restaurants.
Special thanks to the entrepreneur spirit of farmers that have found a way to get to the consumer. It’s a great way that communities have stuck together in helping one and another. With the entrepreneurs in agribusiness and rural development, there has been a small surge in the OPG sector. There is a lot of community support in helping farmers.
Stay home and be safe has become the daily routine.
There is still some people out there who may have wanted to go directly to farmers. Unfortunately, they are currently not able to do so, because of transportation restrictions between cities and town boundaries. There is a physical presence of police enforcements restricting people and vehicles movement. There are paper documents which is needed to pass for reasons of emergency or essential business. This is perhaps one of the most difficult things for people to understand, which is social distancing and restriction of movement. Let’s hope that these restrictions will save friends and family lives.