25% of the Spanish farms of sheep of milk could close in 2018, due to the strong pressures that big dairy industries are transferring to the farmers. Both the prices that these companies are offering to the producers, and the conditions of the contracts put, as denounced by the agrarian organization UPA, in “serious risk of disappearance” to many farms.
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In its last Sectorial Council of Olive Oil, held in Jaén, Cooperativas Agro-alimentarias de Andalucía has warned of the tight availability of oil that will be available to supply the market, given the good commercialization index of the 2016-17 season and, above all, considering the important productive decline that is expected in the current one. A decrease due to the persistent drought suffered by the field and that is affecting the olive trees, which are already dragging a water deficit of several years. All this would lead to a disastrous 2018/19 campaign, taking into account that 70% of the Andalusian olive grove is rainfed.
The free trade agreement between the EU-Mercosur, which is currently immersed in the sixth round of negotiations, would have a very negative impact on 20% of our final livestock production, causing losses of 2,700 million euros per year. This is reflected in the Impact Study prepared by the COAG Technical Services based on the official data to which this organization has had access on the main concessions that are considered during the rounds of negotiations.
The frosts of the past 4th and 5th of December have caused damages in the cultivation of the persimmon that, according to the first estimations of the Valencian Association of Farmers (AVA-ASAJA), ascend to the 10 million euros. From the agrarian union, a message of tranquility is sent when emphasizing that the greater part of the surface of the cultivation is insured, reason why the producers will be compensated.
The cooperative group Anecoop has received recently, from the hand of the President of the Casino of Agriculture, Manuel Sánchez Luengo, the Business Merit Award to Anecoop, in the II Edition of the “Illustrious Awards 2017”. The delivery took place in the auditorium of the Agricultural Casino itself, where the president highlighted the invaluable contribution of Anecoop in research and innovation on agri-food production and distribution.
The candidate of FEPEX, Juan Marín, was elected last December 5, in Brussels, president of the European Association of the Trade of Fruits and Vegetables of the EU, EUCOFEL, taking over from the current president of FEPEX, Jorge Brotons.
The Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Rural Development of the Junta de Andalucía, Rodrigo Sánchez Haro, has highlighted the important contribution of Koppert Biological System to a more productive and sustainable agriculture, during the inaugural session of the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of this entity multinational in the field of biological control of crops.
The seed house Ramiro Arnedo has held a few days ago in El Ejido open days, to publicize their new red pepper varieties. During two days, more than 250 farmers and technicians of the main commercializing companies of the province could know the new material of Ramiro Arnedo. These are the varieties Sanabria F1, Mauricio F1 and Ercina F1 with which this Spanish company completes the growing cycles from the early to the late.
Eight fruit and vegetable cooperatives will share their information for the first time in an energy cluster. It is an initiative framed within the European SCOoPE project, coordinated by Cooperativas Agro-alimentarias de España. This group, a pioneer in the use of real-time energy data to improve its efficiency through comparison or “benchmarking”, is made up of the Valencian cooperatives Vinícola de Lliria, Coopego, Coabe (Bétera), Rural San Vicente Ferrer de Benaguasil, Agricultural San José de Alcàsser, Copal (Algemesí), Anecoop and Alzicoop (Alzira).
On the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, held every November 25th, this fruit and vegetable company has developed a training plan aimed at its employees with a single objective, to contribute to the eradication of violence against women.