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EU grapefruit crop falls 11%
The EU’s 2019/20 grapefruit crop is estimated to be down 11% to 96,000 tons, according to FAS Madrid. The main producer Spain expects its output to shrink by 15.5% to 68,100 tons. Ruby Red is the main grapefruit variety planted in Spain. Cyprus is the second largest grapefruit producer in the EU, with the main variety being White Marsh Seedless, mostly grown in the Limassol area.
Kanzi® concludes a successful European season
European Chestnut Meeting postponed to 2021
Given the exceptional circumstances caused by the Covid19 health and economic crises, the European chestnut network, EUROCASTANEA, and the Chestnut Interprofessional Union of the South West of France, have decided to postpone the European Meeting from September 2020 to September 2021.
To maintain the a connexion between the players in the sector, EUROCASTANEA has decided:
Plants and animals from biological processes declared “unpatentable”
The RISE Foundation Project: “The Future of crop protection in Europe”
RISE is an independent public utility foundation. Their mission is to envisage and promote a more sustainable agricultural system in Europe; one that engages fully with the circular economy, provides safe and healthy food whilst developing our natural capital. It creates jobs and encourages investment in rural areas, and conserves our traditions and cultural heritage.
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.
Europe’s organic sector exceeds €40 billion in market volume
The market volume of Europe’s organic sector has broken the €40 billion barrier, according to data presented by Ecovalia, the national reference association for professionals in Spain’s organic sector. The main findings of the organisation’s Annual Report of Organic Production in Spain 2020 were announced at the Caixa Forum Madrid, and confirmed the growing trend of the sector.
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.