UK to host the world’s first robotic fruit farm
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.
Women and Gender Equality in agriculture
Hi-tech garden for growing veg on Moon and at Poles
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V-GELM is a hi-tech vegetable garden designed by the ENEA research team to grow micro-greens on the Moon and in extreme environments such as at the North and South Poles. It is set up inside a special igloo greenhouse designed to withstand very low temperatures as well as space missions.
Coalition files lawsuit to prevent soilless agriculture from receiving organic certification
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).