European Union crop monitoring service MARS on Monday forecast that the average soft wheat yields in the EU, including Britain, would fall 2.1% from last year, mainly owing to excessive rain in western Europe offsetting good crop weather elsewhere. In its first yield forecast for 2020, MARS projected EU soft wheat yields at 5.88 tonnes per hectares (t/ha) this year, down from 6.01 t/ha in 2019. That would still be 1.9% above the five-year average.
Sudden bouts of frost, plummeting temperatures, rainfall and even hail across Europe have left an air of uncertainty hanging over the heads of growers. According to Philippe Binard, general delegate for European fresh produce industry forum Freshfel, “unprecedented frosts” in multiple European countries have left a trail of destruction across several crops, including stone fruit, apples and pears.
EU officials have begun scoping out ideas and priorities for the next phase of the bloc’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), which is due to take effect from 2021 onward. The CAP governs the bloc’s support for its 22 million agri-workers, with a current annual budget of €59 billion according to EU figures. The last set of reforms to the high-profile scheme were agreed in 2013 for the 2014-2020 period. (See Bridges Weekly, 27 June 2013)
New EUR 600 million in subsidies to farmers, 60 percent co-insurance of crops and 80 percent cover the cost of installing the system "drop by drop" announced on Tuesday the leader of VMRO-DPMNE and the carrier of the electoral unit 4, Nikola Gruevski in front of the residents of Mogila. On the gathering in this municipality, Gruevski said that the electoral program for the period 2016-2020 has been prepared a long time and in consultation with experts and people from municipalities in order to meet the needs of citizens and to resolve the main priorities in every town.
Swarms of drones and robots instead of farmers - is it science fiction? No, it is what promised by the European 'Swarm Robotics for Agricultural Applications' (SAGA) project, coordinated by the Istituto di Scienze e Tecnologie della Cognizione del Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (Istc-Cnr) and presented in Rome during Maker Faire.
According to German grower Florian Amberger, EU subsidies are useful but not essential, even after a poor potato season on his Rhineland farm. As a grower of high-value crops, he says farm subsidies do not have a big effect on his farming even after wet weather in June hit the harvesting and yields of his early potato crop.[enter] He farms in the middle Rhine valley, 60 miles south of Frankfurt, in an area of intensive vegetable growing which relies heavily on irrigation.[enter]
Winter grain and oilseed crops are generally in good shape in the European Union after unusually warm weather in the past month, with dry areas of Poland and the Baltic also benefiting from rainfall, the EU's crop monitoring unit said on Monday. Weather conditions in the EU have generally been favorable for the sowing of winter wheat, the MARS service said in a monthly report.
The Queen and one of the richest men in London, the Duke of Westminster, are among the biggest winners from this year's payment of farm subsidies. The Duke, who owns most of Mayfair and also Grosvenor Farms Limited, was paid £562,786, while the Duke of Marlborough, a member of the Churchill family, was paid £452,944 in subsidy for the Blenheim Farm Partnership based in Woodstock, Oxfordshire.
The main objectives set out for the Commission Communication "Preparing the Health Check of the CAP reform" of 20 November 2007 were to assess the implementation of the 2003 CAP reform, and to introduce those adjustments to the reform process that are deemed necessary in order to further simplify the policy, to allow it to grasp new market opportunities and to prepare it for facing new challenges such as climate change, water management and bio-energy. (Extract - only articles 68 and 69)
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