Drought in Europe: the Commission offers further support to European farmers

The European Commission is offering support to farmers faced with the waves of drought afflicting Europe. Firstly, farmers will be able to receive a higher percentage of their direct and rural development payments in advance. Secondly, to be able to feed their animals, they will be granted greater flexibility to use land that would normally […]

Milk, delegation from Pakistan at CremonaFiere

A delegation of entrepreneurs and institutional representatives from Pakistan has visited CremonaFiere in the framework of the study-tour “SsafeMilk Pakistan Panel” organized by Ozolea and UNIDO ITPO (United Nations Industrial Development Organization – Investment and Technology Promotion Offices). Focus on the improvement of quality standard for food production and food safety in Pakistan dairy market, […]

Strong performance from EU agri-food sector as exports rise

The value of EU agri-food exports in March 2019 was 7% higher at €12.6 billion than the same month last year, whilst imports reached €10.1 billion. In total, the EU agri- food surplus for March stood at €2.5 billion, an increase of 34%.  These are the main findings of the latest monthly trade report published […]

1 billion € for Europe’s next generation of farmers

The European Commission and the European Investment Bank (EIB) have launched a €1 billion loans package for agriculture and the bioeconomy with specific targets to support younger farmers, alongside new fi-compass advisory products. The sum will be matched by the implementing financial institutions, thereby mobilising close to €2 billion of long-term financing for small and […]

EU: The unfair trading practices directive has been adopted

Member countries have two years time to implement the directive on unfair trading practices in agriculture that has officially been signed by the EU President. “We have fulfilled our promise. After ten years – said Paolo De Castro, Vicepresident of EU Parliament’s Committee on Agriculture and Rural development – we managed to ban, in a […]

Tackling unfair trading practices in the agricultural and food supply chain

The EU will soon have more effective tools to tackle unfair trading practices (UTPs) in the agri-food chain, and to prevent the weaker bargaining position of small and medium-sized farmers from being exploited by larger operators, such as major processors and retailers. The Council today adopted a directive on unfair trading practices in business-to-business relationships in the agricultural and food supply chain. The directive […]

Sustainability at the water source in EU

Water is an essential component of agri-food production. But while many fruits and vegetables are an excellent source of water, growing them often also requires significant quantities of water. Without sufficient, good quality and easily accessible water, European agri-food production could be under threat. On average, 44% of total water use in Europe is on […]

More women managing farms across Europe

The number of women in farming has been slowly increasing in recent years. The most recent data (Eurostat 2016) suggests that, on average, around 30% of farms across the EU are managed by a woman. But data that masks some considerable differences between countries. In Lithuania and Latvia, nearly half of all farms are managed […]

Boom in Italian Agriculture 4.0: 400 millions in 2018

The Italian market of Agriculture 4.0 has reached a value of 370 – 430 million euros in 2018, thus equaling 5% of the global total and 18% of the European one. The 300 digital solutions already launched on the Italian market are used by 55% of interviewed agribusinesses. Age and study degree do not have […]