France to put pressure on Phil Hogan to cut EU milk production

Elisabeth Fosso - 19-févr.-2016 18:00:44
  Mr Hogan agreed to go to Paris on February 25 to meet French Prime Minister Manuel Valls and Agriculture Minister Stéphane Le Foll, to hear French proposals.     On Monday, Mr Hogan acknowledged a shared understanding in the EU Council of Ministers that there is a crisis in a number of sectors, notably dairy and pigmeat. He said he is not happy with the current situation of farmers, and it requires an EU-wide response.     Mr Le Foll presented proposals to regulate oversupply in the milk and pigmeat sectors, but the European Commission asked him to come back with new proposals. Mr Le Foll pledged to work on new solutions and “convince all our partners and the commission to make proposals.”     However, the Irish dairy industry will oppose any re-introduction of quotas “by the backdoor”, if that emerges from talks.     Meanwhile, Mr Hogan said any crisis aid for farmers has to be consistent with the CAP legal framework, be within the constraints of the EU budget, and be broadly supported by member states.   © Irish Examiner   © Faimali/GFA      

“France Viande Export”, a new hub for the promotion of French meat

Elisabeth Fosso - 10-déc.-2015 10:46:40
  On October 12 th , the French Department of Agriculture launched the French Meat Export hub as a response to the current crisis in the livestock sector. This initiative aims at promoting French meat exports and creating new market opportunities for French producers. In the meantime, the government also negotiated the lifting of the Malaysian, Saudi Arabian, Singaporean, Vietnamese and South African embargoes on French beef. Indeed, Asian and Middle East markets represent worthwhile prospects since the total animal protein intake of European consumers is forecasted to decline. France Meat Export currently gathers 32 companies that produce beef and pig meat. The hub ensures collaboration between small and medium enterprises thanks to a better access to useful information. It also increases their competitiveness by enabling them to tender for contracts. Supported by the Departments of Foreign Affairs, Economy and Agriculture as well as embassies and Business France, the hub will help companies defend the French origin of their meat during international trade shows.           Sources :,   © Terra-net Média    

Sommet de l’élevage

Elisabeth Fosso - 16-oct.-2015 10:41:41
Europe’s main livestock show took place in Clermont-Ferrand during three days. Along with the SPACE 2015, it is one of the main events in the French agricultural industry. From Wednesday 7 th October to Friday 9 th , 1300 exhibitors gathered to welcome 85,000 professionals as well as 4,000 foreigners. About 70 countries were represented including newcomers such as Greece, Hungary, New-Zealand and Australia. The Sommet de l’élevage is thus the second biggest agricultural event after the Paris Agricultural Show.   Even though Clermont-Ferrand is the cradle of the biggest cattle breed, cows were not allowed to attend the show due to outbreaks of blue tongue in the region. Only sheep and horses could be represented for sanitary reasons. Yet, the main objective remained trade and exports for farmers in a crisis context, and international visitors could still discover some French breeding farms. Source:,,,  

SPACE 2015: the international livestock trade fair

Elisabeth Fosso - 15-sept.-2015 16:53:58
The 29 th international exhibition of livestock production takes place in Rennes (France) from September 15 th to 18 th in the midst of the agricultural crisis. The estimated 100,000 visitors will discover the full range of equipment; services and other latest developments that will help improve the competitiveness of farms.   The exhibition will focus on innovation in the livestock sector as well as the cooperation with international agricultural industries. 1441 exhibitors coming from 39 countries are expected today. The ever-growing number of foreign exhibitors points out the huge international impact of the trade fair.   Despite the crisis, farmers want to find solutions and create synergies as they understand the importance of looking ahead to the future.   Sources :,  

Understand the crisis in the French livestock sector

Elisabeth Fosso - 28-août-2015 10:51:28
  Over the past few months, the French farming industry has been responsible for sharp tensions leading to a special European Council on September 7 th .   . Who is protesting?   The first protests took place in June this year initiated by cattle producers. It led to a meeting on June 17 th where retailers and producers exposed their complaints. In July, both the dairy farming and the pig industry joined the movement.   . Why are these sectors in crisis?   Diverse reasons of the crisis impact several industries. Among them, the price of cereals has doubled over the last seven years, making it hard for producers to feed their cattle. As a consequence, the production costs of the beef sector soared. Moreover, beef producers suffered from high compliance and maintenance costs. These costs impoverished them to such an extent that they are unable to pay their bank loans.   For the first time since 1984, the European Union has suppressed the quotas on the dairy production causing a liberalisation of the market. As a result, the offer explodes and the purchasing price of the milk production is lower than its production cost. Farmers sell at loss and are less competitive than their European counterparts.   The Russian embargo towards European products harms the pig sector in France as well as a rise in the European pig production (especially Spain and Germany).   Thus, the upcoming European Council will be crucial for the relationship between the French government and the farming industry.     Source: / © AFP  

How the economic crisis changed our consumption habits?

Agathe DAMOUR - 06-févr.-2013 19:16:24
The current global economic crisis could mark a shift in the era of mass consumption that started in the 1960’s, when the commercialisation of commodities related to leisure activities and new information technologies experienced strong growth. According to analysts of the Directorate General for Competition, Consumer Affairs and Repression of Fraud (DGCCRF) in France, in 2009, at the peak of the crisis a series of changes like the emergence of the second hand markets, a drop in consumption, and preference for "made in France" products indicated that people modified their purchases to mitigate the effects of the crisis. The DGCCRF analysts project that consumers will continue this trend making smarter and wiser purchasing decisions, taking in account key aspects like durability, proximity and responsibility, when shopping. These three elements will be at the center of tomorrow’s consumption behaviors. But how will the wealth be spread and how much households will have to spend monthly? Please find further reading in this article (in French) : Comment la crise a durablement bouleversé nos habitudes de consommation :

Richel Serres, a leading made-in-France company

Charles Cornillère - 02-août-2012 10:55:10
Richel Serres is a true family success-story. When his cattle were seriously infected by aftosa in the 1960s, Christian Richel started an agricultural supplies wholesaling company. Quickly, while people were rushing into city centres, he understood the potential for greenhouse cultures and started his own business as a greenhouse producer. In the seventies, his son, who was at the head of the company when the second oil crisis begun, created a new double-partition plastic envelop for greenhouses allowing a 30% energy savings. The success was immediate and Richel Serres reached the restricted club of quality greenhouse suppliers. He started to export his production in 80 different countries with every engineers and representatives being recruited in France to relay, in a better way than a distributer, the firm’s know-how. Now the company is entirely based on this business model, as Christian Richel explains: “We have now 18 offices around the world. It costs a lot in salaries, but the services that we are able to offer to our customers are priceless: taylored-made design, follow-up of orders, supervision of assembly… Our local presence guarantees the delivery deadlines in an agricultural world where each minute counts”. Thanks to these offices, the firm can respond to major international calls for tender.   To produce in France is more expensive but for the owner, “when you relocate your production, you can’t supervise the supply chain, the quality of your subcontractors and the raw materials supplies as efficiently as we do thanks to our vertical organisation”. Consequently, Richel Serres choose to mechanise its production to reduce costs: with only 180 people, it generates a €65m turnover, being the world leader on this market.   This quality oriented strategy is strengthened with the buying of some major subcontractors to control its whole supply chain and therefore to be able to entirely build turnkey greenhouses. In addition, the firm continues to make large research investments to keep on being a leading actor in the market. And its location in France is the keystone of this winning strategy.   Source: “Serres Richel : automatisme à outrance”, Paul Molga, Les Echos , August 2012
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