Agricultural Robots and AI: A Question of When rather than If
Global Women Fresh prepares 5-Year business plan
GWF has invested in a digital platform to help manage its global community better and foster the right marketing/branding tone for the organisation. Co-founder Julie Escobar said, “Our main goal continues to be to create the #1 global platform for women in the Ag Business. This digital platform is thanks to the incredible support and guidance of Natalie Shuman and Danielle Loustalot, all Pro-Bono.”
Accusations of misuse of EU funds for “organic” farming in Croatia
Croatia's Chamber of Agriculture has claimed that the country’s farmers owe huge amounts to the EU due to the misuse of funding set aside for organic agriculture. Total Croatia News reports that the Agricultural Ministry later denied all allegations, while admitting some "irregularities" existed in EU-back funding for organic farming which were quickly weeded out.
EU organic fruit production increases 5% in 2018
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The European Union’s organic agriculture expanded by 6.0% in 2017 and by 7.6% in 2018, with area now surpassing 13.8 million ha, according to a report published by Agence Bio. Organic represented about 7.5% of the EU’s utilised agricultural area in 2018 (7.2% in 2017). There were 325,306 registered organic farms in 2018 (+4.9% compared to 2017).
Spanish government calls on EU to defend agricultural sector
The Spanish government has confirmed its commitment to defending its farmers and called on the EU to do likewise. The country’s Minister of Agriculture Luis Planas met virtually with the professional organisations Upa, Coag and Asaja to discuss a plan to protect the country’s vital agricultural sector. The move follows a complaint by the provincial secretary of Coag, Andrés Gongora, regarding the sale of Senegal watermelons in supermarkets where local fruits are also available.
Economic crisis pushes New Zealanders into the fields
The annual problem faced by New Zealand’s horticulture industry regarding the lack of seasonal labour has actually been eased in recent weeks. The rising unemployment prompted by the coronavirus pandemic is leading to locals looking for employment in agriculture, one of the few essential services allowed to operate in the current lockdown conditions across the country. This comes at a critical point as the harvests of apple, and pear and kiwifruit hit their peaks.
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.