Berlin – Riga: August 4th until August 8th 2017. Chairman Adalbert Kienle and the representatives of the managing office Marion and Gibfried Schenk paid a visit to Latvia. The main goals of this journey were talks with our Estonian and Latvian partners. We also visited several venues in Latvia in preparation for the fifth annual conference „ Peace and Agriculture“. For the first time in the history of the PeaceBread Association the conference will take place in two countries simultaneously, Estonia and Latvia. Our partners from Latvia prepared a wonderful program for us!
On 17 January 2015 and to the applause of the Latvian Minister of Agriculture Jānis Dūklavs and other high-ranking representatives of Polish and Latvian Ministries of Agriculture, Latvian undersecretary of state Dace Lucaua handed over the European PeaceBread to the Polish Vice-Minister Zofia Krzyzanowska at International Green Week. The bread that has its origin on the former death strip at Bernauer Strasse in Berlin thereby continues its journey via the partner country of this year’s International Green Week to Poland, host of the next PeaceBread forum “Agriculture and Peace”.
Arvids Krivens, Department of International Relations in the Latvian Ministry of Agriculture reports:
"Today the PeaceBread rye field in Latvia was harvested together with all generations of the Kreicberg´s family, representatives of the advisory system, the Chairman of the Rural Advisory and Education Counsel Mr Martins Cimermanis, representives of the German embassy in Riga, of the Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic Latvia and of the administration of Zvarde municipality.
Visiting the Department of International Relations in the Latvian Ministry of Agriculture
On the day following the seeding of Latvian “PeaceBread” rye, representatives of the secretariat of “FriedensBrot e.V.” (association “PeaceBread”) visited the Ministry of Agriculture in Riga. We had the opportunity to extensively exchange views on the state and the developments in the “PeaceBread” project in Germany, Latvia and other partner countries. As expected, questions concerning the planned conference and the ceremonial act “Peace and Agriculture” at the end of September / beginning of October 2014 were of great interest also to our Latvian colleagues.
High-ranking visitors in Andulaisi, borough of Zvarde, Saldus county
The Minister of Agriculture of the Latvian Republic, Ms Dr. Laimdota STRAUJUMA, and Ms Andrea WIKTORIEN, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Latvia, visited the farming couple Marite and Egils KREICBERGI on the Andulaisi Farm in the borough of Zwarde on the occasion of sowing the “PeaceBread” rye.
Mr Arvids KRIVENS fowarded Mr CIMERMANIS´ pictures from Latvian PeaceBread location Zvārde.
The growth of PeaceBread rye will happen in Farm „Andulaiši“ under supervision of Managing Director Mr Egils KREICBERGS. Directly after political changes in 1991 father of Egils, Mr Juris KREICBERGS resets the family farm on former Soviet military aviation training area (Polygon), place where his father – grandfather of Egils – farmed in the past….
On his birthday today (!!!) Arvids KRIVENS from Latvian Ministry of Agriculture informed, that Latvian colleagues found their very unique place for PeaceBread rye cultivation in Zvarde, 19 km close to town of Saldus.
Zvārde natural reserve is a newly erected large protected area within the borders of Blīdene, Jaunauce and Zvārde districts. Zvārde natural reserve consists of Stūru and Kārklauku or Zvārde swamp, narrow forest line around the swamps, woody marsh lands and bushy meadows, Ķerliņi lake and its vicinity.
Following an invitation of the Latvian Embassy in Germany and the Board of Commerzbank AG, Latvian Prime Minister Valdis DOMBROVSKIS gave a speech on the issue of „Latvia: The right time to introduce the EURO“ in the Berlin Offices of Commerzbank at Pariser Platz on 3 July 2013.
The Minister of Agriculture of Latvia, Mrs Frau Laimdota STRAUJUMA affirms the participation of Latvia in a letter to the Federal Minister Ilse AIGNER. Mr Martins CIMERMANIS (Chairman of the Rural Advisory and Education Counsel) was put in charge of the implementation, and will be supported by Mr Herr Arvids KRIVENS (Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Latvia, Subdivision International Relations).