Agrifood news from around Europe
Despite setting out bold aims to reduce the use of pesticides by 50% by 2025, France has seen a large increase in sales of plant protection products in 2018. Cécile Barbière has the story at EURACTIV.fr
This weekend, Berlin will be hosting both the International Green Week and a large agriculture protest, known as ‘Wir haben es satt’ (We are sick of it). This demonstration is fuelled by discontent with government policies and the agriculture industry. (Sarah Lawton | EURACTIV.de)
Edwin Poots has been named as Northern Ireland’s new Agriculture Minister at the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA). His role in agriculture is likely to come under increased scrutiny as farmers face uncertainty over subsidies and trade post-Brexit.
(Natasha Foote | EURACTIV.com)
Italy’s Apulia region failed to meet the deadline for spending EU rural development fund for the programming period 2014-2020. Farmers from the so-called ‘heel’ of Italy’s boot, renowned for its wine, olive oil and durum wheat, may lose out on up to €142 million in CAP subsidies due to delays in programming and red tape. (Gerardo Fortuna | EURACTIV.com)
Low prices given to Spanish producers continue to be the main point of contention and difficulties for Spanish farmers. Olive oil producers have been particularly affected and, despite the fact that Brussels has opened three tenders for private storage, these have not yet led to an improvement in the situation. (EuroEFE.EURACTIV.es)
Greek winemakers are worried about the possibility of US tariffs on EU wine. In a statement, they said such a scenario would be catastrophic for the Greek wine as exports to the US market have been crucial in the last 5 years. The value of Greek wine exports amounted to €12.4 million in 2017 (up 49% from 2012) while sales volume increased by 15% over the same period
(Sarantis Michalopoulos | EURACTIV.com)
According to the data by General Veterinary Inspectorate released this week, there were over 200 cases of African Swine Fever in Poland in the last three weeks of 2019, and the total number of swine fever cases increased in 2019 compared with 2018. (Łukasz Gadzała | EURACTIV.pl)
The Bulgarian Food industry warns of a rise in the price of all food products in 2020 due to the introduction of new tolls for the transport sector. The National Union of Bakers and Pastry Makers has announced that bread producers expect tolls would have a serious impact on prices. A week ago, the government agreed to decrease significantly the tolls, but only for the first three months of the year.
(Krassen Nikolov | EURACTIV.bg)
Young farmers could benefit, for the first time, from access to agricultural land owned by the Romanian state, agriculture minister Adrian Oros said Sunday, in a news conference.
(Bogdan Neagu | EURACTIV.ro)
Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenković said that encouraging small family farms and young farmers will be in the focus of Croatian presidency regarding the new CAP and EU Multiannual Financial Framework negotiations. (Karla Juničić | EURACTIV.hr)