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02 03
2021
Spain - Agricultural insurance reached its historical records in 2020
Agricultural insurance in Spain has reached its historical records in 2020, according to the figures provided by Agroseguro. The total premiums collected increased by 1.6% and reached 796.2 million euros, becoming the highest figure in the 40-year history of agricultural insurance in Spain.
02 03
2021
Colombia - Garcia-Bastidas had to inform officials there was a new banana plague
Garcia-Bastidas says before the rise of the current global commercial banana called Cavendish, there was another type of banana, known as Gros Michel, but it's not used for global trade anymore because a fungus called Fusarium, which causes Panama Disease and wipes out crops that don't have immunity.
02 03
2021
USA - Adjusted 2020-2021 forecast for California avocados
The California Avocado Commission has updated the forecast for its fiscal year 2020-21 to 292 million pounds, which is an eight percent reduction from its pre-season crop estimate and in the range of an average size crop. Fall and winter weather events including heavy winds resulted in the slight forecast change, with the reduction occurring in the pre-season months.
02 03
2021
Georgia - Peach crops thrive in chilly winter temperatures
While cold temperatures are actually harmful to many crops, peach trees actually benefit from the chilly temperatures. Fort Valley Area Peach Agent Jeff Cook: "This time of year is nothing but positive, cold weather's great, as long as our buds are tied to the tree and they're not swelling.
02 03
2021
Ukraine - Economy Ministry plans to allocate UAH 1.37 bln to support potato growing
Financing for the program of state support for potato growing, planned for 2021, will amount to UAH 6.04 billion, including UAH 1.37 billion for four main areas of development, Deputy Minister for Development of Economy, Trade and Agriculture Taras Vysotsky said at the 11th Dutch-Ukrainian Potato Forum on 24 February.
02 03
2021
UK - Brown marmorated stink bug spotted for the first time
The brown marmorated stink bug, a pest from Asia, has been spotted in the UK for the first time, which is quite discomforting for growers across the country.  The stink bug originates from South East Asia but has invaded the US and parts of Europe in recent decades. Scientists have warned for years that it was only a matter of time before it was found in the UK.