European Commission aims for 25% organic agriculture by 2030
Favourable prospects for EU agricultural sectors
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The European Commission’s first 2021 edition of the short-term outlook for EU agricultural markets concludes that the EU agricultural sector showed resilience throughout the Covid-19 crisis. The sector did relatively well thanks to increased retail sales and home consumption. In addition, prospects are favourable with a dynamic global demand and the reopening of food services (restaurants, bars, cafés) expected once the vaccination campaign is sufficiently advanced.
South Asian countries encouraged to collaborate to combat impacts of climate change
Singapore aims to become urban agriculture technology hub
Singapore is investing heavily in high-tech farming to become more self-sufficient. The third most densely populated country in the world has sacrificed many things, including food production. Farms make up no more than 1% of total land area, which means the country spends out around $10 billion each year on food imports, which account for 90% of food consumption.
Struggle against the locust in Central Asia, successful initiatives
Agriculture is a significant part of the economics of Central Asia; unfortunately, the crop is often damaged under locust invasion. FAO and six partner countries (Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan) drafted a project designed to help the farmers to protect the crop. Japan international cooperation agency (JICA) is the financial partner of this $7.3 million project.
AILIMPO: first estimate for Spain’s 2020/2021 lemon
AILIMPO´s first estimate for Spain’s 2020/2021 lemon harvest is of 1,250,000 tons, representing an overall increase of 10% compared to 2019/2020. Whether this first crop estimate is realised will depend on the availability of water in summer and autumn rains. The estimated global lemon production figure will allow Spain to remain the leading exporter of fresh lemon, and the second largest processor of lemon juice, essential oil and dehydrated peel in the world.