Europe

The European Commission has approved 26 programmes in 13 member states (Spain, France, Portugal, Italy, Bulgaria, Belgium, Germany, Greece, Lithuania, Poland, the UK, Romania and Slovakia) to provide information on and topromote agricultural products in the European Union. The total budget for the programmes, which will run for between one and three years, is €75.1 [...]

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Post image for Anger in EU as Dutch government says it wants to send out-of-work Poles back home

It has the EU’s lowest unemployment and fewer immigrants from the east than many neighbouring countries – yet the Dutch government is proposing tough measures against migrant workers, Harriet Alexander reports. Adam Staniak is not someone you would expect to take a tough line on Polish migrant workers. Indeed, they are the bulk of his [...]

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The Wall Street Journal “With rain regularly stopping play at Wimbledon this year, it would be easy to forget the drought crisis that has affected much of Europe’s farming industry. But the timing and extent of the dry months of April and May are such that Europe’s already fragile economic recovery may be hit harder [...]

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Post image for EU: The figure in the horticultural sector 61.8 million losses from crisis ‘E.coli’

Fruit and vegetable producers of Andalusia have been notified that damage exceeding  61.8 million euros has resulted from the E. Coli bacteria health scare.   It is clear from the data presented by the Administration that as of June 24, the region has seen the withdrawal of 4,627 hectares of green crops, while the total amount [...]

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Post image for Spain: The use of desalination will be minimal this year due to price and rainfall

Desalination plants will further reduce its production of water during this year to avoid it hitting the tariff.  This, however,  is not the only reason:  There are plenty of resources both in the river reservoirs Taibilla  and in the headwaters of the Tagus. Additionally, consumption by the population and non-farm economic activity continues to decline [...]

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Acrotrema uniflora – a native plant developed into a potted plant Chirita – hybrid created by local scientists It’s spring time for the Sri Lankan floriculture industry while the sector is blooming across the globe particularly in many Asian countries, as a subsistence replacement to agriculture. This is a live, growing industry in the world [...]

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LABATUT, France — It’s smaller than a kumquat — about the size of your thumb — and smooth-skinned like a tomato. But this rare fruit flourishing in orchards by the Adour river in southwest France is neither. It’s actually a tiny kiwi fruit, but with an edible green peel. The award-winning mini-kiwi bears little resemblance [...]

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Post image for Spanish Tomato Growers Seek Effective Biodegradable Mulches Ahead of Regulation

Newswise — In Spain, tomato growers are seeking effective ways to keep their crops weed-free as government regulation limits the use of formerly favored herbicides and plastics. Hand-weeding is not economically viable, and herbicides are limited to nine active ingredients that do not have the desired effect on some weeds. Therefore, mulching has become the [...]

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By Cameron Wilson A shortage of trains has ruled out rail as a transport alternative to move the bumper grains harvest. Queensland, Victoria and New South Wales are short of rail capacity as the east coast prepares for the third biggest winter grains harvest on record. It comes after truck drivers warned they won’t be [...]

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