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EU support for Polish apples – a demand to restore market balance

EU support for Polish apples – a demand to restore market balance

Fruit growers of the area of Limburg (Flanders) have started a petition to denounce the bad economic situation of their companies. The Limburg fruit growers are suffering greatly from the consequences of the Russian embargo because they have lost their most important sales market. In the meantime, efforts have been made to open new markets, but they do not compensate for the loss of the Russian market. In addition, the Limburg fruit growers are looking at very low sales prices for their apples and pears. At the same time, they are seeing considerable investments in Polish fruit growing, particularly in the apple species Pink Lady, with European subsidies representing a thorn in the eye. In the petition it is said that “Europe has massively supported the production of apples in Poland, which has destabilised the European market”. They therefore ask the EU to find a solution to restore the market balance.

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REO supports zero residue practices in Flanders

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The Flemish agricultural industry’s REO authority is supporting its growers attempts to meet the increasing demand for organic vegetables with a new initiative called ‘Zéro Résidu du Pesticides’. This collective was first started by the Rougeline producers in the south of France and already has around 20 agricultural cooperatives behind the label. A key difference between zero residues and organic is that the participating producers do not have to commit their entire industrial area to the project, thereby lowering the threshold to participation. The participants in ‘Zero Résidu’ adhere to a set of specifications with three basic principles: optimum use of bio-resources and techniques, complete traceability from the field to the retailer, and the commissioning of external labs and certificates. Institutions conduct analyses and audits to guarantee a limit of 0.01 mg/kg is observed. These objectives are achieved by using specific applications that are not foreign to organisms’ biology, such as selecting resistant varieties, carrying out frequent crop rotation, mechanical weed control, good soil fertility and production under protection.