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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’s new wine regions

Elisabeth Fosso - 11-janv.-2016 13:28:56
  For the first time in history, the French wine sector experiences a mini-liberalisation with the addition of 8,000 ha of new vineyards. It represents a 1% increase of the wine growing area. The new regulation – approved by the European Commission, enables winemakers to produce a new wine "appellation" or label to be called VSIG (Vins sans Indication Géographique: Wines without Geographic Indication).   Many in the wine business criticize the new regulation and consider that it can taint the reputation of the business as a whole and the traditional notion of "terroir" as the set of special characteristics that the geography, geology and climate of a certain place, interacting with plant genetics, express in agricultural products. Indeed, terroir is the principle that justifies the protection of large parts of French agriculture. On the other hand, merchants and wine-producing companies believe that it will bring in new ideas and foster the development of new brands for the international market.   Eight years of tough negotiations in Brussels led to this and as of January 1 st , the rules on planting new vines in the EU have changed.       Sources: lemonde.fr , bbc.com   © Getty images  

France, leader in the dairy industry in 2013

Elisabeth Fosso - 08-janv.-2016 12:18:49
  French agriculture office FranceAgrimer along with Business France led a study on the global dairy industry based on 2013 market data. It aims to help producers as well as companies take strategic decisions. Ten countries – including France, Ireland and the UK but also the USA, Brazil and New-Zealand were evaluated as they account for   of the global production and   of the international trade. FranceAgrimer used criteria such as sustainability of the resources, production potential, technical mastery and export capacity to classify the countries. Thus, in 2013, France had the leading dairy industry with 645 points out of 1,000 thanks to the strength of its industrial groups followed by New Zealand (642 points) and Germany (614) which has outstanding logistical capacities. The Irish dairy market, with 552 points, came in fifth place. This study underlines the competitiveness of the industries before the abolition of milk quotas. As for the current evolutions induced by such a measure, the industry has to wait for 2017: FranceAgrimer plans on renewing the study every year in order to understand the market better.      Sources: lafranceagricole.fr, web-agri.fr, usinenouvelle.com  

Agricultural issues at stake during the COP 21 climate conference

Elisabeth Fosso - 15-déc.-2015 11:22:22
  From November 30 th to December 11 th , Paris hosted the 21 st Conference of the Parties (COP 21), where 195 countries gathered to find an agreement on climate change. Among the 180 states who published their intentions to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, more than a hundred included the agricultural industry in their plan. French minister for Agriculture Stéphane Le Foll created several projects to tackle the issue of global warming, as agriculture accounts for 19% of the national greenhouse gas emissions. Thus, the government officially launched the “4 per 1000” initiative on December 1 st . It aims at demonstrating that agriculture, and agricultural soils in particular, can play a crucial role where food security and climate change are concerned. Therefore, a “4‰” annual growth rate of the soil carbon stock would make it possible to stop the present increase in atmospheric CO 2 . Hundreds of states, institutions and international NGOs already manifested an interest in this initiative. Stéphane Le Foll also presented the “Beef Carbon” project that plans a 15% drop in greenhouse gas effects for the beef meat sector by 2025.      Sources : La France Agricole, agriculture.gouv.fr   © Xavier Remongin    

“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 : agriculture.gouv.fr, lemonde.fr   © Terra-net Média    

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 : SPACE.fr, Francebleu.fr  

A good year for French wine despite drop in production

Myriam Kajji - 14-sept.-2015 15:13:02
The French grape harvest was slightly lower in 2015 compared to last year due to a lack of rain, but industry professionals are still expecting an exceptional vintage. The French ministry of agriculture’s figures are always eagerly awaited by wine lovers the world over, particularly since France reclaimed its status as the world’s top wine producer last year after a two-year slump due to heavy rains and low temperatures. France is on track to produce 46.5 hectolitres of wine in 2015, a decrease of 1 percent compared to 2014. France has just made its way through the third-hottest July since 1900 with less than half the rain than usual, according to French meteorologists, which impacts the size of the grapes. The ministry’s statistics department said the year’s harvest should nevertheless still be higher than the annual average for the past five years, or 45.6 million hectolitres of wine. The agriculture ministry added that recent improved meteorological conditions could even push the figures higher in the coming weeks. A very good year Despite the slight decline in volume in France, winegrowers are promising an exceptional 2015 vintage. “It’s turning into a rather good year, thanks to full ripeness, with very promising flavours and fermentation,” Jérôme Despey, president of the FranceAgriMer trade group, told AFP. While many French agricultural sectors struggled through the heat wave and ensuing drought this summer, Despey said those conditions were good for vineyards.
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