COPA-COGECA UNDERLINES NEED TO STEP UP RESEARCH AND INNOVATION TO MEET GROWING FOOD DEMAND AT MAJOR CONFERENCE
Copa-Cogeca Secretary-General Pekka Pesonen underlined the importance of stepping up research and innovation to ensure we have a strong and sustainable European agriculture sector capable of meetin...
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Copa-Cogeca releases new EU-28 cereals estimates for 2014/15 marketing year showing positive situation though growing season still in its early stages
Copa-Cogeca released new EU-28 cereals estimates for the 2014/15 marketing year today, showing good winter sowings, though the growing season is still in its early stages. The move came at Copa-Cogecas Cereal Working Party. At the meeting, many Member States reported a positive crop situation due to the mild winter this year and good winter sowings. Despite uncertainty about the planting season for maize, the overall area should be stable with EU grain production estimated to rise by 1.5% compared to last year, and a slight improvement seen for wheat area sowings. The UK situation was also positive, despite the severe floods. But in some countries like Spain it was too early to say and figures are still cautious for the EU. There were also concerns that durum wheat plantings are down despite good climatic conditions in these regions. Baltic states are meanwhile facing a huge rate of winter kill (around 80%) and are looking for available spring seed varieties. In order to prevent the situation of stidy seed availability in the future, Chairman of the working party Max Schulman from Finland said a balance sheet on seeds for cereals, oilseeds and pulses needs to be set up. He welcomed the overall positive crop situation. But he underlined that although the potential is there it is still too early in the season to be certain. Conditions are also now dry in some parts and more water is needed and frost kill still may appear in Nordic area. There is still also uncertainty if cereal producers will have sufficient cash flow to cover the increasing costs, such as fertilizer and plant protection products. This poor economical situation is putting pressure for growers to exploit the full potential of their production, he warned. According to Copa-Cogecas provisional estimates, EU-28 soft wheat production is estimated to climb by 2.7% to 136.199 million tonnes this year, barley production to drop slightly by 0.4% . See attached figures for details.
FAO's first forecast for world crop prospects and food situation. For the analytical report please see attached file.
Analysis by the Advisory Group on sheep and goat for the market situation till May 2013. For more information please see the analytical attached file.
PASEGES has curried out an analysis of the six scenarios that can be used for the implementation of the CAP post 2013. This text includes the conclusions of PASEGES’ analysis with very interesting and useful remarks.
COPA-COGECA CRITICISES FIRST PACKAGE OF DELEGATED ACTS FOR COMMON AGRICULTURAL POLICY REFORM, WARNING AGRICULTURAL LAND BEING TAKEN OUT OF PRODUCTION
Copa-Cogeca criticised the first package of delegated acts for the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) reform approved by the EU Commission this week, warning it will make it difficult for farmers to implement.
The European Commission is working intensively to reach an agreement between EU institutions on the reform of the CAP which will permit the reformed CAP to enter into force on 1st of January 2014. With the pursued objective of reaching an agreement between the Institutions on the MFF and a political agreement on the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) reform before the summer 2013, the legal bases for the reformed CAP are foreseen to enter into force on 1st of January 2014. However, transitional rules are needed to define technical arrangements which will permit a smooth adaptation to the new conditions, while at the same time ensuring continuity of the different forms of support under the CAP. For the whole text please see attached file.