Spain: official estimates of olive production are fulfilled, with more than 1Mt at the end of January

The official estimates of olive production for the 2017/18 season are fulfilled, with a production of almost 1,050,000 tons at the end of January, according to the new olive oil market bulletin published by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Food and Environment. During the month of January, the provisional figures also show an improvement in the exits in the domestic market and in the export with respect to the previous month, with a total of 113,000 tons.

Spain: MAPAMA and FEBE collaborate to boost the spirits sector

The Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Food and Environment collaborates with the Spanish Federation of Spirits drinks to improve the competitiveness of the sector by signing a general protocol of action, which took place on March 1st. The agreement includes actions to promote sustainable growth and the internationalization of the sector, as well as the responsible consumption of these drinks. It also recognizes the opportunity to establish a stable framework for collaboration between the Ministry of Agriculture and the spirits sector.

Globalcaja develops an extensive program of conferences on novelties in reconversion and restructuring of the vineyard

Globalcaja has organized a series of information days to analyze the new line of aid for reconversion and restructuring of vineyards, once the Order of the Ministry of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Development has been published, by which these aids are regulated within the support program 2019-2023 and they are called for execution in 2019 and 2020, to be requested before March 15th, 2018.

The wine value of the DO Valdepeñas wines, present in FITUR 2018

The Valdepeñas Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) will be held at the International Tourism Fair of Spain (FITUR), whose next edition begins tomorrow and will continue until January 21st, two presentations with tastings of its wines, both at the stand of Castilla-La Mancha, as in the stand of the Ministry of Agriculture (MAPAMA).

Spain: approved the measures of the Support Program for the wine sector for the period 2019-2023

The Spanish Government has approved, in the Council of Ministers held on January 12th, the application of the Support Program for the Spanish wine sector for the period 2019-2023. A decision that will make available to the sector measures financed by the EU, with an estimated budget of more than 1,000 million euros. The measures eligible to apply for grants will be wine promotion in third countries, restructuring and reconversion of vineyards, distillation of by-products and investments.

Socialist MEPs denounce possible CETA's failure to eliminate tariffs on European wine

The Spanish Socialist MEPs, Clara Aguilera and Inmaculada Rodríguez-Piñero, have presented a question to the European Commission, regarding a possible infringement by Canada in compliance with the CETA, with regard to the abolition of tariffs on European wine. Thus, in their request, they ask the Commission if they can confirm in writing that Canada complies, within the framework of the CETA free trade agreement, with the limitation of the "off-site winery retail stores" and if it has abolished the application of tariffs. residuals to European wine.

Todolivo: a visit to the 'zone 0' of the Xylella fastidiosa

Part of the technical team of the company from Córdoba, Todolivo, made a trip, along with IFAPA researcher Lorenzo León and doctoral student Alicia Serrano, last September to the region of Bari, where is located 'zone 0' of the Xylella fastidiosa . The objective, to know first hand its effects and the latest advances that are made in the fight against this bacterium.

Valencian farmers consider the limitation of plantations for DO Cava to be detrimental to their viticulture

The Valencian agricultural organizations AVA-ASAJA and La Unió de Llauradors i Ramaders have attacked the ministerial decision to limit the new vineyard plantations for the Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) Cava, considering it very harmful to the interests of viticulture of its autonomous community. Thus, from AVA-ASAJA, its president, Cristóbal Aguado affirms that the ministerial disposition "is very short and represents a serious blow to the expectations of a growing sector". For its part, LA UNIÓ has criticized that, with this decision, the Ministry has folded to the interests of the DO Cava, controlled by the large Catalan wineries, and has called on the Ministry of Agriculture to initiate as many actions as it deems appropriate to defend the interests of the vine growers in a very important subject for the region of Requena-Utiel. Throughout the month of January this agrarian union will study possible protests.

Spain: the MAPAMA authorizes 4,950 ha. for new vineyard plantations in 2018

The Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Food and Environment has set at 4,950 hectares the area that may be authorized for applications for new vineyard plantations in 2018, at the national level, according to the resolution of the General Directorate of Agricultural Production and Markets published on December 29th in the BOE. As reported by MAPAMA, this area represents 0.52% of the area currently planted with vineyards, which means maintaining the same growth rate as in the previous season.