The latest news and data in the new period of CAP aid

The Council of Ministers has approved a Royal Decree modifying the current regulations on the application of direct payments to agriculture and livestock and other aid schemes, as well as on the management and control of direct payments and payments to rural development. The changes came into effect on January 1st and will apply the aid application campaign that will last in principle until April 30th, although, given the background of previous years, insurance will be extended. This amendment incorporates into the Spanish legal system the changes introduced by the so-called "Omnibus" Regulation in the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).

Spain: MAPAMA presents to the sweet fruit sector a plan that provides up to € 80M in credit lines

The general director of Productions and Agricultural Markets, Fernando Miranda, has recently presented the Measures Plan for the improvement of the sector of the Sweet Fruit to the Representative Agrarian Professional Organizations of the national scope, Cooperatives Agroalimentarias and FEPEX. The short-term initiatives include the start-up of a financing line of up to 80 million euros in loans, as well as fiscal adjustment measures. Said Plan includes 14 measures grouped into 4 large blocks: Liquidity injection; Supply-demand rebalancing; Sector organization, and Information. Measures that provide for the modification of national regulations on the sector, facilitating the adaptation of operational programs to the current situation of the same. Likewise, the Ministry has committed itself to the sector to facilitate the development of its initiatives in the matter of constitution of Associations of Professional Organizations, proposal of approved contracts or constitution of an Interprofessional Agroalimentaria.

EU: Commission opens a Knowledge Center to boost quality and fight against food fraud

Starting tomorrow, March 13th, the European Commission will put into operation a Knowledge Center on Food Fraud and Food Quality, managed by the Joint Research Center, in response to consumer concerns about the quality of food. food and fraudulent food practices. This new Knowledge Center, a network of experts from within and outside the Commission, will provide support to EU policy makers and national authorities, facilitating access to up-to-date scientific knowledge and the sharing of information on food fraud. and on issues of food quality.

Valentín Almansa: "Internal Health begins at the borders and with this idea we work from the MAPAMA"

The Director General of Agricultural Production of MAPAMA, Valentin Almansa, responds in the following interview to outstanding issues of his Department, such as the current situation of Spain in relation to the Xylella or the importance of the daily control that is carried out in the borders to preserve the plant and animal health of our productions. The last extension granted by the EU to the use of glyphosate, together with the export agreements that are being forged this year with third countries, have been other issues addressed.

Jaime Hernani: "The export figures for agricultural machinery are really spectacular"

Interview for ECA AGRI to Jaime Hernani, general director of the Spanish Association of Manufacturers-Exporters of Agricultural Machinery and Components, Greenhouses, Crop Protection, Irrigation Systems, Livestock Equipment, Animal Health and Nutrition, Forestry, Biomass and Forest Machinery Post-harvest (Agragex), who analyzes for us the sales of agricultural machinery abroad.

The first Spanish debate on the CAP 2020

Elisa Plumed's opinion piece on food reform, reflecting on future reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).

Peru: Agro-food exports grow 8% in 2016

Peruvian agro-food exports have totaled US $ 5.550 million dollars…

Trends and consumption of the international market of olive oil

ECA interview with Abdellatif Ghedira, Executive Director of the International Olive Oil Council (IOC) on the evolution and trends of the olive oil market.

The internationalization of the fruit and vegetable sector, strategic growth line

The Spanish agri-food system has the capacity to achieve higher levels of business development. The internationalization of the fruit and vegetable market is one of the strategic lines for virtually all links and operators. There is no doubt that the recent geopolitical events (Russian veto, Brexit, etc) have shown, more if possible, this need.

Spain: Interprofessionals, the key to the revitalization of the fisheries sector

The Secretary General of Fisheries of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment (MAGRAMA), Andres Hermida, has claimed the role of professional organizations such as dynamic agents of the sector, its main purposes, provide such essential issues as the promotion of fishery products. Hermida has made these statements at the opening of the 17th Congress of Sea Products, organized by the Spanish Association of Commercial Codification (AECOC) in the French town of Bayonne.