Agriculture

Agriculture
Wednesday, April 27th 2016 - 05:32 UTC

Russian ban on EU food imports turns European farmers' fury against Mercosur accord

“The situation is not sustainable,” said Copa president Martin Merrild. “Measures agreed by the EU to improve the situation have had little effect.”

Brussels must do more to help producers ride out the slump in agricultural commodity prices, European farm leaders have warned. Immediate solutions were needed to tackle the “unprecedented” crisis that had hit agricultural markets, said European farm umbrella organization Copa-Cogeca.

Friday, April 22nd 2016 - 07:14 UTC

Floods in Uruguay have 10.000 people displaced and losses are estimated in a billion dollars

The latest report indicates that 10.097 people have been forced to abandon their homes:  2.656 had to be evacuated while 7.699 did it on their own means

Uruguay's emergency committee reported on Thursday another death and over 10.000 people displaced because of widespread floods that followed a tornado and several days pouring rain. The ninth victim is a farmhand who fell off his horse while trying to cross an overflowed canal. A few hours before the body of a missing farmer was found kilometers down a river that sucked him while he was trying to save cattle.

Thursday, April 21st 2016 - 11:49 UTC

Monsanto in collision course with the administration of president Macri

Monsanto is set to challenge Argentina’s attempts to retain control over lab analysis to verify the origin of its grain exports.

Monsanto has rejected a request by Argentina for more time to collect monies owed by small farmers for royalties on genetically modified soybean seeds. Argentine agricultural minister Ricardo Buryaile and members of his staff have met with Monsanto representatives, including chief operating officer Brett Begemann to request a waiver on the monies owed.

Monday, April 18th 2016 - 09:46 UTC

Mercosur/EU trade deal is “no bed of roses” and “we're just beginning”

“We'll only reach an agreement if we start to discuss it. We're not going to get closer unless we display proposals. It's a give and take game”, said Malcorra

Despite growing optimism among Mercosur member countries of reaching a trade agreement with the European Union, Argentine minister of foreign affairs Susana Malcorra has cautioned that the road ahead is not “a bed of roses”, and the coming exchange of goods and tariff reduction proposals “will not satisfy any of the two sides”, but that is where “serious discussions begin”.

Saturday, April 16th 2016 - 09:00 UTC

Malbec Day celebrations this weekend in London's Camden Market

WOFA Mobile Wine Bar will be located at Camden Market; the idea is to bring Buenos Aires San Telmo and the bustling streets of Palermo Soho, to London.

This year in addition to retail promotions, Wines of Argentina and the Argentine Embassy in London are celebrating Malbec Day (April 16) with a weekend of promotion and sales “estilo argentino” (Argentine tradition) in Camden Market, one of the coolest and trendiest destinations in London.

Friday, April 15th 2016 - 07:12 UTC

Argentine government favors farmers in dispute with Monsanto

Monsanto which wants exporters to check cargoes to make sure farmers had paid to produce its genetically modified soybeans.

Argentina, the world's No. 3 soy exporter, said on Thursday the government must authorize any grain inspection, dealing a blow to Monsanto Co. which wants exporters to check cargoes to make sure farmers had paid to produce its genetically modified soybeans.

Tuesday, April 12th 2016 - 22:07 UTC

EU farmers claim trade deal with Mercosur represents an “unacceptable risk”

  “We are aware the European Commission has tabled an offer that includes an import quota of 78,000 tons of beef”, revealed UFU president Ian Marshall.

The first reactions to the announced Mercosur-European trade deal and exchange of proposals next week have surfaced. The Ulster Farmers’ Union president, Ian Marshall, says the European Union trade deal on offer to Mercosur countries is an ‘unacceptable risk’ to the livelihoods of farmers in Northern Ireland.

Friday, April 8th 2016 - 07:38 UTC

Falklands celebrates the 150 years of Port Howard historic farming

A view of Port Howard, which has been a pioneer in Falklands' farming

Falkland Islands celebrated the 150 years of a farm in West Falkland at a ceremony held in Port Howard, honoring owners Christopher and Myles Lee that were presented with a plaque celebrating the century and a half of the farm being operational, at an historic Legislative Assembly held in the community hall last week.

Friday, April 8th 2016 - 07:28 UTC

Uruguay in Brussels to begin a crucial round of Mercosur/EU negotiations

Nin Novoa has a meeting scheduled with EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström and is expected to agree on dates for the formal exchange of proposals

Uruguay Foreign Minister Rodolfo Nin Novoa is scheduled to begin this Friday in Brussels what is believed to be the last round of talks with the European Union to reach a wide ranging cooperation and trade agreement between Mercosur and the European Union.

Friday, April 8th 2016 - 07:12 UTC

Irish beef farmers strongly reject accord with Mercosur; protest letter to Trade Commissioner Malmstrom

Irish Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney wrote a very strongly-worded letter to European Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom urging her not to proceed.

The Irish Farmers' Association has described an European Union offer to allow limited access to the EU market for Mercosur beef producers as “unfair”. The offer, which includes beef producers in Brazil, Uruguay and Argentina, is about to be presented to European Union member states for discussion, ahead of a proposed formal exchange of offers as part of the EU-Mercosur trade negotiations in May.

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