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.

China opens its borders to the Argentine blueberry

After five years of negotiations, the Argentine government has gained access to the Chinese market of the national production of blueberries. However, given that the blueberry season in the Andean country has already ended, its exports of this red fruit to China will begin next season, in August 2018.

The Chilean exports of blueberries of this campaign account for around 46,000 tons

The 2017/18 campaign of blueberries from Chile, is already 45% complete and has been characterized by favorable weather conditions. To date, Chilean exports of this red fruit are close to 46,000 tons, registering the highest weekly dispatch in the history of this industry when, during week 51, 11,575 tons were shipped.

The IV National Forum of Rural Development will put the accent on the professionalization of the agri-food sector

The next edition of the International Fair of Agricultural Machinery of Zaragoza (FIMA), which will be held on 19th, 20th and 21th February, will host the IV National Forum of Rural Development, organized by the Official College of Agricultural Engineers of Aragon, Navarra and the Basque Country and the National Rural Network, and co-financed through the EAFRD (European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development). The professionalization of the agrifood sector will be the main event in an event whose content is structured in three strategic areas: irrigation, precision agriculture and fertilization and plant protection.

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.

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.

The strength of the pig sector and the low price of feed avoid the collapse of the Agrarian Income due to the drought

In its agrarian balance for 2017, COAG, after analyzing the first estimate of Agrarian Income for this year, made by the Ministry of Agriculture, has underlined how the strength of the pork sector and the fall of quotations of feed have prevented the collapse of Agrarian Income due to the severe drought. Also, from this agrarian organization it is noticed that the "macro-data" mask some "micro-benefits".

Pilot program to implement an electronic system that verifies the export of Chilean fruit to China

The China Entry & Exit Biosecurity Society (CBS) and the Association of Exporters of Chilean Fruit AG (ASOEX) have signed an agreement for the implementation of an Electronic Verification System for Chilean fruit exports to China. The purpose of this agreement is to ensure that fruits meet the quality and safety standards of both countries, as well as to make inspections more efficient at the ports of entry of the Chinese market.

FEPEX estimates that the value of Spanish fruit and vegetable exports in 2017 will be € 13,000M

FEPEX expects that the export of fresh fruits and vegetables will be around 13,000 million euros in 2017, with a growth of 3% compared to 2016.

FRUIT ATTRACTION and MEAT ATTRACTION have already closed their dates of celebration in 2018

FRUIT ATTRACTION, an international trade fair for the fruit and vegetable sector, and the second edition of MEAT ATTRACTION, an event aimed at the meat sector, have already closed their dates of celebration for 2018, as reported by the Madrid trade fair institution (IFEMA). Thus, for FRUIT ATTRACTION, the dates finally agreed upon were October 23th, 24th and 25th. For its part, MEAT ATTRACTION will take place from September 18th to 20th.