COVID-19: MEPs demand better aid for EU fruit and vegetable growers
2019 EU apple campaign sees smaller crop but price recovery
As expected from a moderate crop, prices during the ongoing campaign are moving within ranges significantly above the average price. During recent weeks, EU demand has been at good levels and the average prices for April 2020 are 33% above the average for the last five years (they were 23% above average in March 2020).
AREFLH requests EU assistance for fresh produce sector
The Assembly of European Fruit, Vegetable and Horticultural Regions (AREFLH) has called on EU Commission President Von der Leyen to implement exceptional measures to respond to the consequences of the coronavirus health crisis.
Numerous member regions and their producer organisations met by videoconference on Wednesday 25 March to prepare a joint document to request the establishment of support measures for European producers of fruits and vegetables.
European countries seek solutions to guarantee fresh produce supplies
In France, to overcome the shortage of workers in fields, the government has created a website for people to apply for jobs without losing their right to go back to their jobs after the quarantine. /// © desbraspourtonassiette.wizi.farm
Freshfel demands concrete solutions
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Association calls on agri-ministers to firm-up EU-wide solutions on free movement of goods and critical workers. As the effects of the Covid-19 outbreak continue to unfold across Europe, Freshfel Europe has said that it welcomed the discussions of yesterday’s Informal Agriculture and Fisheries Council on free movement of goods and critical workers.
EU Commission “ready to continue supporting EU's agri-food sector”
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Mushroom companies seeking innovation
Edward Vonk on Banken Champignons Group stand at Fruit Logistica 2020 // © Eurofresh Distribution
La Unión calls on EU to implement stricter surveillance of imported citrus
Spanish agrarian organisation LA UNIÓN has reported a 17% increase this year in interceptions of citrus fruits infected with pests and diseases arriving from third countries. According to the organisation’s press release, there have been 124 intercepted shipments in European ports, with those arriving from South Africa (+88%) and Uruguay (+380%) topping the list.
European Commission to invest over €200 million in promoting community’s agri-food
The European Commission has allocated €200.9 million in 2020 to fund promotional activities for EU agri-food products at home and abroad. The 2020 promotion policy work programme adopted by the Commission outlines the main priorities for support. EU policy on the promotion of agri-food products is designed to help the sector take advantage of the expanding and increasingly dynamic global agri-food market, raise awareness on quality schemes including organic produce and help producers should they face market disturbances.