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Spain: Andalusian Parliament requests strategic plan for cherry sector

With the support of all groups, the Andalusian Parliament has agreed to launch an initiative urging the Andalusian Government to develop and implement a strategic plan to support the cherry sector, including studies to create designations of origin.According to the text approved, the strategic plan requires.....

China: Daily Fresh confirms approval of 3.3 billion USD financing

During September of 2017, the leading online retailer, Daily Fresh, officially confirmed that they had already completed a C-level financing of 2.3 billion USD in March. This level of financing was led by capital from Tiger Global and YuanSheng: Jeneration Capital participated in joining the investment. The.....

Spain: Request for creation of sweet fruit interprofessional

ASAJA has met with the general director of Productions and Agricultural Markets of MAPAMA, Fernando Miranda, and with the Deputy General Director of Fruits and Vegetables, Ignacio Atance, to analyse the serious crisis that the Spanish sweet fruit sector is undergoing, which started with the introduction of the.....

Serroplast: 40 years of experience in the protection of vines and small fruits

VIDEOThe technical visits organised as part of the8° Simposio Internazionale dell'Uva da Tavolaincluded one to Serroplast in Rutigliano (BA).The prestigious event involved over 20 countries from all over the world and was organised by the Universities of Turin, Foggia and Palermo as well as Agriproject and.....

Latvia: Support for proposal on reduction of VAT on fresh veg, berries and fruits

The Latvian government has shown support to the proposal for the introduction of a reduced value-added tax (VAT) for fresh fruits, berries and vegetables, according to the Ministry of Agriculture.The amendment would facilitate the enforcement of a reduced VAT rate for typically Latvian fresh fruits, berries,.....

Uzbekistan aims to supply Russia with produce worth 1 billion dollars

Uzbekistan aims for the value of its annual fruit and vegetable exports to Russia to amount to one billion dollars, as reported by Elyor Ganiev, Minister of Foreign Trade of the Republic. He also stated that this year, the country has increased the supply of fresh and processed fruits and vegetables to Russia.....

Moldova to discuss removal of duties on fruit and veg exports to Russia

Moldovan President Igor Dodon said that as a result of his agreements with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, the export of Moldovan fruits and vegetables to the Russian market has grown significantly.According to the Moldovan leader, the export of grapes has grown 18-fold; that of apples has multiplied.....

Spain: Protection requested for trucks crossing through Catalonia

The Association of Fruit and Vegetable Producers' Organizations of Almeria (Coexphal) has called for protection to be given to trucks departing from the province of Almeria loaded with fruits and vegetables in transit through Catalonia.Coexphal has made this request to the deputy delegate of the Government of.....

Prepare for 'very hard Brexit', German industry leader warns

The head of Germany's powerful BDI industry federation warned companies Thursday to prepare for a "very hard Brexit", pointing to persistent infighting in London over what Britain wants from EU exit talks."German firms must prepare for the worst-case scenario of a very hard exit, anything else would be naive,".....

Seven trading heavyweights slam British government’s position on quotas after Brexit

U.S. and other international trade heavyweights have dashed Prime Minister Theresa May’s hopes of a smooth Brexit by rejecting one of her core plans for reintegrating into global trade networks.Washington’s slap-down of Britain is the second big trade reality check for May in less than a fortnight. Only last.....

Germany:

EDEKA Südbayern has successfully completed the conversion of Tengelmann

EDEKA Südbayern has successfully completed the integration of the Tengelmann supermarkets. This week, the two last Tengelmann supermarkets were converted, of the more than 170 locations in the southern Bavaria region, to the EDEKA brand.“Thanks to an impressive team effort of all the departments, we succeeded.....

Agricultural exports hinder project for FTA between Turkey and Ukraine

For nearly five years, Ukraine and Turkey have been negotiating the establishment of a free trade area (FTA). It is expected that this agreement will be signed at the end of this year or early next year, after a solution is found to overcome the outstanding problems related to Turkey's agricultural exports to.....

Agreement for export of Lebanese potatoes to Jordan

Lebanese Minister of Agriculture Ghazi Zuaiter visited the Jordanian capital at the head of a delegation that included the Director General of Agriculture Louis Lahoud, his advisor Samer Assi, a working team from the Ministry and representatives of the private sector. They held a series of meetings with.....

Spain: Awareness campaign against illegal reproduction of plants

At an event organised by La Voz de Almeria, addressing the future of genetic improvement in Almerian agriculture, one of the topics debated was the issues caused by the illegal reproduction of plant material. The event counted with the participation of representatives of ANOVE, of breeding companies, of the.....

Spain: Crops pulled up in Almeria due to viral diseases

COAG Almeria warns that whole plantations are being pulled up as a result of virus diseases caused by spotted or leaf curl virus, among others. According to the technical services of the Agrarian Organization, there is a high incidence of fly and thrips pests that could be causing such issues."We advise.....

Spain: Asaja Aragon proposes extension of grace period for loans to tackle Russian veto

The agrarian organization ASAJA Aragon has proposed to extend the grace period for the loans given to tackle the Russian veto for another year.In a press release, the organization has pointed out that "the stone fruit sector is crucial for the livelihood of the people in large areas of Spain." Faced against.....

Orchard fruit 2017

Germany: Apple orchard area has increased in Hamburg

In Hamburg, 105 farms cultivate commercial fruit on an area of 1,483 hectares. Compared to 2012, the number of farms decreased by 6% while the area increased by almost 20%. According to the Bureau of Statistics, Statistikamt Nord, every farm produces fruit on average on an area of almost 14 hectares.About half.....

Weather extremes in 2017

Austria: Total damage to agriculture at around 250 million Euros

Hail, frost, drought and floods were responsible for 220 damages claims per day this year. This year showed again that global warming, with all its consequences, does not stop at the borders of the country and not is limited to some continents. Climate change is knocking at our door and challenges our.....

Spain: Andalusian auxiliary industry promotes itself in Kazakhstan

A total of seven Andalusian companies from the sector of the auxiliary industry for agriculture have travelled to Kazakhstan to promote their products in the framework of a direct commercial mission to the country, organised by the Ministry of Economy and Knowledge from 25 to 27 September in Almaty and.....

Greek fruit and veg exports to Canada expected to increase

The start of the provisional application of the European Union-Canada Trade Agreement (CETA) is expected to have a positive impact on Greek fruit and vegetable exports.The Hellenic-Canadian Chamber considers "21 September 2017 a very important day for business relations between Greece and Canada."The expert.....

New COPA president wants viable future for agricultural producers

Joachim Rukwied has been chosen by the European organization COPA (the Committee of Professional Agricultural Organizations) as its new president, replacing the Danish Martin Merrild, who will now be one of the six vice-presidents, together with Joe Healy of the Irish Farmers' Association (IFA); Marian Sikora,.....

Jalisco avocados inspected by Chinese health authorities

The delegate of the Secretariat of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food (SAGARPA) in Jalisco, Javier Guizar Macías, reported that Chinese health authorities visited avocado orchards in order to inspect them and authorise the product's importation.He added that the government of Jalisco.....

Elstar apple most popular variety

Apples are number 1 in Brandenburg, Germany

The Brandenburger fruit growers currently cultivate their fruit on 1,545 hectares. With 873 hectares apples are still the dominant crop in Brandenburg in 2017. The Office for Statistics Berlin-Brandenburg stated that apple trees grow on more than 50% of the area used to cultivated fruit trees. However, there.....

Brexit and the Spanish agro-food sector

Spain exports agro-food products to the United Kingdom worth 4,000 million Euro, 10% of the total, but companies fear risks derived from Brexit and a possible rise in costs. Several experts debated this issue in the framework of the event "Brexit and the Agro-food sector: Need for proactivity", organised in.....

Serbia suspected of re-exporting EU fruit and veg to Russia

Moscow considers it suspicious that Serbia's fruit and vegetable exports to Russia have increased significantly this year. It is suspected that Serbia has been re-exporting fruit from European Union countries into Russia, even though the entry of such products is banned, announced on Tuesday the Belgrade daily.....

6 million Euro for the coming 5 years

Spain: Balearic Islands betting on integrated agriculture

The Council for Environment, Agriculture and Fisheries of the Government of the Balearic Islands will allocate six million Euro to integrated agriculture in the next five years.As explained in a statement by the Directorate General of Agriculture and Livestock, this is an environmentally-friendly cultivation.....

Spain: Andalusia approves rules for integrated production of blueberries, raspberries and blackberries

Last Monday, the Regional Council of Agriculture, Fisheries and Rural Development published the Specific Regulations for the Integrated Production of blueberries, raspberries and blackberries in Andalusia, which has come into force as of this Tuesday 26 September.The new regulation features all compulsory,.....

Switzerland: KÖLLA Group

Expansion overseas, new markets, new trade fairs, a new approach

The KÖLLA Group has adopted a new approach and is expanding internationally. This year the company was present at the most important trade fairs in the industry - Berlin, London, Hong Kong and Madrid.“After our first few steps this direction, we intensified our focus on the Asian and Arabic markets. The large.....

'Future of Farming Dialogue 2017'

Bayer: Global seed and crop protection market will continue to grow

Bayer is convinced that the long-term trends in the global agricultural sector will remain unchanged. “Despite the current market volatility, our Crop Science business is properly positioned to fulfill the future needs of customer, market and society,” said Liam Condon, Bayer Management Board member and.....

Presentation of promotional campaign for Canary bananas in Europe

The Canary banana producers' organization, ASPROCAN, was in Brussels last week to present it promotional campaign for the product in several European countries.The banana producers' associations of the French overseas regions of Guadeloupe and Martinique, UGPBAN, and of the Portuguese island of Madeira, GESBA,.....