agriculture

France to slaughter 600,000 ducks to eradicate bird flu

French authorities are planning to slaughter some 600,000 ducks in order to eradicate bird flu from a south-western region, Agriculture Minister Stephane Le Foll confirmed on Tuesday.

UN warns of rapid spread of devastating pest in Africa

The United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization on Tuesday called for urgent action against a pest devastating maize fields in Africa, saying it risked spreading to a growing number of countries.

Taipei, Beijing warn of bird flu outbreak

Taiwan raised its bird flu alert on Monday after the highly pathogenic virus strain killed more than 3,000 birds at a turkey farm in the west of the country, the government said.

New bird flu virus type discovered in northern Germany

A new variant of bird flu has been discovered in domesticated animals in the northern German state of Schleswig-Holstein, the state agriculture ministry reported Monday.

Farmers spray milk powder at EU building to protest low milk prices

Farmers sprayed more than 1,000 kilograms of milk powder at the European Union headquarters on Monday to protest an EU plan that farmers fear would bring down milk prices.

G20 agriculture ministers push to save water

The agriculture ministers of the world's 20 largest industrial and emerging nations (G20) in Berlin on Sunday called for greater efficiency in water usage and a reduction in the use of controversial antibiotics in agriculture.

Slovenian minister to discuss Teran wine with EU commissioner

Slovenia's Minister of Agriculture Dejan Zidan will meet with European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development Phil Hogan on Thursday to express his opposition to a compromise solution that would allow Croatian wine producers in Istria to sell Istrian Teran wine on the common EU market.

South Korea lifts tariffs on egg imports amid bird-flu crisis

South Korea's cabinet on Tuesday decided to lift tariffs on egg imports amid a shortage caused by the worst bird-flu crisis in the country's history, Yonhap news agency reported, citing officials.

Bird flu detected among poultry in northeast Croatia, no risk for human health

Avian influenza has been diagnosed among domestic poultry in the village of Kriznica on the bank of the Drava River, which is the first case of bird flu among domestic poultry in Croatia, Assistant Agriculture Minister Damir Agicic said on Friday, underscoring that there was no health danger for humans.

107,000 chickens to be culled in Japan after bird flu discovery

Japanese authorities said Tuesday they had ordered the culling of 110,000 chickens at a poultry farm on the southern island of Kyushu after a highly pathogenic strain of H5 avian influenza was confirmed.

Bird flu in South Korea: 26 million chickens already culled

Some 26 million chickens have had to be killed in South Korea, officials said, to help combat the country's most serious ever bird flu epidemic.

EU Council against unfair trading practices in food supply chain

European Union agriculture ministers support farmers's position in the food supply chain and a tougher fight against unfair trading practices, and Croatian Agriculture Minister Tomislav Tolusic says that Croatia will become the 21st member state to pass a law on the prevention of unfair trading practices.

EU agricultural output down 1.8% in 2015, Croatia's shrinks 0.1%

Total agricultural output in the European Union fell by 1.8% to EUR 411.2 billion in 2015 compared with 2014, while in Croatia it decreased by 0.1%, according to figures provided by the EU's statistical office Eurostat.

310,000 chickens to be killed in Japan after bird flu confirmed

Authorities began culling 310,000 chickens at a farm on the Sea of Japan coast early Tuesday after a highly pathogenic strain of H5 avian influenza was detected in five birds, local authorities said.

Eco-friendly organic farming in Croatia rising

Ecological farming in Croatia has been growing over the past several years, Assistant Agriculture Minister Zdravko Barac said on Monday, at the Eco Farming forum, organised by the Croatian Agriculture Agency in Zagreb.

190,000 ducks culled in the Netherlands after bird flu discovery

The Netherlands' Economy Ministry said Saturday that 190,000 ducks had been culled after a strain of bird flu was discovered in the country's north-east.

16,000 turkeys to be killed in Germany as bird flu spreads rapidly

On the same day as the first case of aggressive bird flu was confirmed at a commercial farm in the German state of Lower Saxony, local authorities have ordered the death of 16,000 turkeys.

Bird flu spreading rapidly, German expert says

Bird flu is spreading rapidly across northern Europe, probably carried by wildfowl that do not show any symptoms, a German expert said on Wednesday.

Croatian cheeses win awards at int'l contest in Spain

Three dairies from the Croatian island of Pag have won several medals at the recent 20th International cheese festival held in Spain.

Bird flu detected in Danish duck flock

Danish authorities on Monday said bird flu had been detected in tame ducks and urged poultry farmers to adhere to precautionary measures to avoid a possible spread.

Bird flu spreads in Germany ahead of planned cull of 8,800 geese

New cases of bird flu have been recorded in several cities and districts of southern Germany, local authorities said on Sunday, days before the planned cull of 8,800 geese in the north of the country.

MP calls for protection of domestic dairy farmers

Independent member of Parliament Zeljko Lackovic warned on Wednesday about a difficult situation in the dairy sector, saying that dairy farmers should get a fair price for their milk and that the 5% VAT rate charged on milk should be transferred directly to them.

Croatian farm minister, Commissioner Hogan discuss issue of Terrano wine

 Agriculture Minister Tomislav Tolusic met with European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development Phil Hogan on Tuesday on the margins of an Agriculture and Fisheries Council meeting in Brussels.

EU study: Trade deals could threaten European beef, rice farmers

Future EU trade agreements with countries such as the United States, Canada and Vietnam could threaten some European farmers, a report showed Tuesday, while underlining "significant gains" for other parts of the agricultural industry.

Croatia sees highest growth in organic agricultural land in EU

The total organic area in the EU-28 (i.e. the area fully converted to organic production and area under conversion) was 11.1 million hectares (ha) in 2015, which was by 21% more than in 2010, and between 2010 and 2015, Croatia and Bulgaria recorded growths of over 100 %.

EU approves 11 new types of GM food and animal feed

The European Union on Friday approved the sale of 11 new types of genetically modified (GM) maize for food and animal feed within the bloc, despite a groundswell of public resistance to GM crops in Europe.

Parties present agricultural platforms at round table

Representatives of the major political parties and coalitions presented their agricultural platforms for the next four years at a round table on Monday, highlighting family-run farms, a more efficient farmland policy and stabler financing.

Russian ban on EU pork is illegal, WTO rules

The World Trade Organization (WTO) ruled Friday that a Russian ban on pork imports from the European Union is in violation of its rules, coming down against Moscow for the second time this month in complaints brought by Brussels.

HDSSB: Lumpy skin disease to deal final blow to farming sector

Leaders of the Croatian Democratic Party of Slavonia and Baranja (HDSSB) said in Osijek on Sunday that after numerous other problems, lumpy skin disease in cattle would deal the final blow to many family-run farms in the Slavonia region.

Germany considers banning wheat imports from US

Germany's ministry of food and agriculture (BMEL) is considering a ban on wheat from the United States after the discovery of genetically modified crops there, a spokesman told dpa Saturday.

German organic winemakers blame EU for spread of crop-spoiling mildew

Organic winemakers in Germany expect huge crop losses in the coming months as a mildew overtakes vineyards after an unusually rainy summer.

Ten rural development projects left without EU funding

Ten rural development projects will not receive HRK 316 million from EU funds because they have been found to contain "artificially created conditions" with the intention of obtaining larger grants, Agriculture Minister Davor Romic and the director of the Paying Agency for Agriculture, Fisheries and and Rural Development, Ivan Macanic, said on Monday.

Minister says second phase of Baranja irrigation system nearing completion

Romic said the tender for the rural development programme of public irrigation would be open three months.

Chiavalon Ex Albis among top 25 olive oils

Extra virgin olive oil "Chiavalon Ex Albis“  is added to the list of top 25 oils in the world organically produced, the family-run farm Chiavalon stated recently.

Union says Croatia has become its own worst enemy

The leader of the HURS trade union federation, Ozren Matijasevic, said on Friday that in the past three years since joining the EU Croatia had failed to benefit from the EU's market of 500 million consumers and had increased imports and recorded job loss instead, thus becoming its own worst enemy.

EU criteria on harmful endocrine disruptors roundly criticized

The commission, the European Union's executive, was supposed to propose new guidelines by 2013, but delayed its decision. The issue has been closely watched by health and environmental groups, as well as the agricultural and chemical industry.

Agriculture minister says frost damage HRK 960 mln

The Agriculture Ministry has obtained the final estimate of damage to crops caused by frost in late April, and it amounts to around HRK 960 million for the entire country, Agriculture Minister Davor Romic said in Varazdin on Monday. 

EU countries fail to agree on controversial weedkiller glyphosate

EU member states failed Monday to agree on the future use of the controversial weedkiller glyphosate in their bloc, less than a month before its authorization expires, amid uncertainty over whether the product may cause cancer.

Ex-minister: There was no favouritism in tendering for EU agriculture grants

"The aim of the tenders under the Rural Development Programme was to make it possible for our farmers to use EU funds as soon as possible and as much as possible. Once again, I emphatically declare that there was no favouritism in the tenders in 2015,"

Croatia has 2 months to respond to EC about objections to RDP sub-measures

The Croatian minister explained that two weeks after he took office in late January, a mission of the European Commission arrived in Croatia to check some of the reported irregularities regarding the IPARD programme.

Manufacturing prices in agriculture go down

The average manufacturing prices of agricultural products in the first quarter of 2016 were down 1.9 per cent on the year, the national statistical office (DZS) said Tuesday.

Croatian, Serbian agriculture ministers hold talks

The Serbian minister's office said in a statement that the two countries had been cooperating within EU integration process in the area of quality policies and protection of geographical origin.

Istrian wines exhibition set for 13-15 May in Porec

The 23rd edition of the annual wine exhibition "Vinistra 2016" will start in the Istrian coastal city of Porec on Friday, and over 120 exhibitors of wines and wine-making equipment will take part in this three-day event.

President: State can resolve some problems with decentralisation

"That shows that they don't see any prospects in this area. What is needed above all is to set preconditions for economic development but also living conditions that will promote optimism and confidence in one's own future and the future of Baranja,"

EC can claim back irregularly spent funds intended for agriculture

The Commission would neither confirm nor deny the report, saying only that audits are carried out annually in all member states.

Croatia boasts 41,000 wine makers and 20,885 hectares of vineyards

A basic survey on vineyards in Croatia, conducted by the national statistics office (DZS), shows that in 2015 there were 41,188 wine producers and that vineyards covered 20,885 hectares of land.

Minister promises 100 mln kuna more for dairy sector in 2016

Farmers warned the minister that those were the reasons why many farm owners were going under and closing their businesses.

Croatian activists to join in March Against Monsanto in May

A newly-established and non-parliamentary party called "Free Croatia" on Monday announced participation of Croatian activists in the March Against Monsanto, set for 21 May, and in Croatia rallies would be held in Zagreb and Osijek on that day.

Minister says around 90 irrigation projects prepared

Agriculture Minister Davor Romic said on Thursday that around 90 irrigation projects had been prepared for close to 124,000 hectares of farmland, recalling that about ten years ago, there had been almost no such projects.

PM: Now I'm even more optimistic about Slavonia

"Before arriving in Slavonia, I was optimistic and now I am even more so," Oreskovic said.

Bjelovar agricultural fair attracts 500 exhibitors

The 19th Bjelovar Agricultural Fair opened on Friday, bringing together nearly 500 exhibitors from Croatia and abroad, about a hundred more than last year.

PM visits two family farms, enterprise zone in eastern Croatia

On the second day of his visit to the eastern County of Vukovar-Srijem on Friday, Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskovic visited a family-run pig farm in Komletinci, a family vegetable farm in Privlaka and the enterprise zone in Otok.

Croatian and Slovenian agriculture ministers meet in Maribor

Croatian Agriculture Minister Davor Romic met with his Slovenian counterpart Dejan Zidan in Maribor on Tuesday to discuss problems faced by the agricultural sector in the two countries, especially milk producers.

Farm minister pledges better use of arable land, irrigation

Croatian Agriculture Minister Davor Romic is sure that the government's programme will create opportunities for agricultural producers.

EU promises more aid for farmers as Belgian producers protest

The European Union promised Monday to do more to help struggling farmers, as Belgian producers took to the streets to vent their anger about their deteriorating financial situation.

EU ministers mull more aid for farmers as Belgian producers protest

The possibility of more aid for struggling farmers was up for discussion by EU agriculture minister Monday, even as Belgian agricultural producers took to the streets to vent their anger about their deteriorating financial situation.

CroMilk association: High imports detrimental for Croatian dairies

The CroMilk association of Croatian dairies and wholesale buyers of milk has warned that chains of shops and large retailers import high quantities of milk and cheese, posing a threat to the Croatian dairy industry.

Agriculture minister announces Dalmatian prosciutto given geographical protection

Dalmatian prosciutto was registered with the Protected Geographical Indication, making it the ninth Croatian product protected on the European Union market, Agriculture Minister Davor Romic said on Monday.

Farm minister for measures to boost use of arable land

As for amending the existing laws, Romic said that that some issues might be solved by intervention into the implementation plans of the programme on rural development or by amending the law on agricultural land and the law on agriculture.

Croatia's real agriculture income up 23 pct

The value of real income in agriculture in Croatia in 2015 was HRK 6.9 billion, which is an increase of 23.3 per cent in relation to the previous year, according to the second estimate of the National Bureau of Statistics (DZS), released on Monday.

HGK: Import of agricultural products still too high

Compared with the same period in 2014, exports increased by 19% and imports grew by 9% and the deficit was reduced by 2%. The HGK said that it was pleased that the negative balance had been reduced, however, imports were still far too high.     

Minister says family farms foundation of agricultural development

In an interview with Croatian Television Romic said that there would be no new hiring in his ministry and that talks were under way on restructuring and ways to make savings in the ministry.

Farmland consolidation for stronger agriculture sector

Croatia's agriculture urgently requires consolidation of farmland, irrigation, modernisation of production and association of producers, a conference organised by the Poslovni Dnevnik business newspaper heard on Tuesday.

High temperatures, low rainfall hits South African wine industry

Hot, dry weather sweeping across southern Africa will reduce the size of South Africa's wine output in 2016. Experts say a fine vintage is expected due to a higher concentration of flavour in the grapes. But the unusual weather brings gloomier news for the broader food market.

2016 blue-dyed diesel quotas issued for 85,000 farmers

The blue-dyed fuel will be made available to farmers as of January 18. The annual quota can be consumed by farmers until December 31 each year and a new quota is approved again in January the following year.

Croatian agricultural and food exports up 19%

"Despite the increase in imports, the positive thing is that the increase in the negative balance has finally been slowed down. We expect data for 2015 to show positive trends in relation to 2014, including a decrease in the negative balance,"

Croatia has highest increase of real agricultural income per worker in EU

Real agricultural income per worker in Croatia increased this year by 21.5% compared to last year. In the 2010-2015 period real agricultural income per worker in Croatia dropped 17.3%, the Eurostat estimated.

Food donations free of VAT as of 8 December

Apart from the donation of food for human consumption, the ministry also prepared rules regulating the donation of animal food.

Chinese PM, Croatian parliament speaker talk cooperation

Li said China would contribute to Croatian infrastructure such as the Rijeka port and the railway that links the port with Hungary. 

Bridge presents reform demands for agriculture, environment, energy

As for reform demands in the sector of energy, Bridge wants a new energy strategy with implementing documents to be made in the first quarter of next year to make energy serve the economy.