Agrifood news from around Europe
As videos of farmers pouring milk away circulated on social media, the Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers called on the UK government to help fund a short-term financial support scheme for dairy farmers whose businesses have been severely affected by the crisis. Read more here. (Natasha Foote | EURACTIV.com)
Since the beginning of the confinement, hunting has been forbidden throughout France. However, several departments are now starting to authorise the pursuit of certain species which are likely to cause damage, something that has proved controversial. EURACTIV France reports.
Spain moved on Tuesday (7 April) to tackle a shortfall of farm workers due to the coronavirus crisis by authorising the temporary hiring of tens of thousands of immigrants or jobless people. Read more here.
The growing number of diseases transmitted from animals to humans is closely linked to the way food is produced and the intensification of animal production, especially large-scale agribusiness, a Greek professor has said. Sarantis Michalopoulos has more.
The Ministry of Agriculture has proposed that half of the area in supermarkets must be reserved for food produced in Bulgaria and purchased directly from producers within 200 km. However, the association for modern trade, which brings together major retail chains in the country, claims that the project violates the basic principles of a market economy, arguing this will have afar-reaching effects. The association said the European Commission will initiate criminal proceedings against Bulgaria if these rules are adopted. (Krassen Nikolov | EURACTIV.bg)
An aid programme for small and micro-producers has been bolstered by HRK 53 million said Agricultural Minister Marija Vuckovic, although negotiations are ongoing about whether to reopen the farmer’s market to help them sell their products. The Ministry of Agriculture also said that the second tranche of HRK 800 million of payments to support farmers will begin this week. (Karla Juničić | EURACTIV.hr)
German Agriculture Minister Julia Klöckner has called on university students studying agricultural sciences to help work on farms. In a statement, she pointed to these students’ high levels of expertise and emphasised the need to secure the food supply chain during the pandemic. (Sarah Lawton | EURACTIV.de)
In its third coronavirus aid package, the Austrian government has temporarily changed the rules on seasonal workers to ensure enough labourers for the coming harvest. The plan allows farmers to employ non-EU workers beyond the normal time period and offers an extension to those with expired work permits. (Sarah Lawton | EURACTIV.de)
Farmers organisation Confagricoltura launched a new service, recognised by Italy’s Ministry of Labour, to cope with the current lack of agricultural workforce. Jobseekers and business can file an application on the platform ‘AgriJob’ that will match the supply and demand for jobs in the farming sector for each province in Italy. (Gerardo Fortuna | EURACTIV.com)
The Ministry of Agriculture has announced a ban on activists’ access to farms. Activists in Poland have repeatedly revealed the poor treatment of farm animals by farmers, but agricultural organisations have long been seeking a ban on such behaviour. (Mateusz Kucharczyk| EURACTIV.pl)
Romania has asked the EU Commission to pay subsidies to farmers earlier than usual, according to Agriculture Minister Adrian Oros. ”We would like to pay them in September,” the minister told a TV news station. Oros said he is sure the Commission will agree as other member states have submitted similar requests. (Bogdan Neagu | EURACTIV.ro)