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China proceeds to the industrialization of agricultural sector

China proceeds to the industrialization of agricultural sector

The Chinese government announced that intends to produce in China by 2020 the 90% of the agricultural machinery that is used by the producers of the country. It is about another implementation of the program «Made in China 2025», which is being gradually presented since last May and aims to enhance the competitiveness of Chinese products with the help of new technologies. According to officials of the Chinese government, the aim has to do both with the industrial development of the country and the enhancement of agricultural production, by all possible means, in order to reduce China’s dependence on imports of agricultural products. Continue reading China proceeds to the industrialization of agricultural sector

Greece: expensive agri-supplies and lack of liquidity, in conjunction with the capital controls have blocked the agricultural works

Greece: expensive agri-supplies and lack of liquidity, in conjunction with the capital controls have blocked the agricultural works

The production of Greek agriculture has been disorganized according to statements of rural sector representatives to Agrotypos. The lack of liquidity and of basic raw materials threatens to blow up the agricultural programming for both this and next year’s growing season. In the meanwhile, given that foreign suppliers demand cash for supplies, and the most farmers are unable to prepay them, representatives of agri-supply sector require the immediate lifting of capital controls for agricultural inputs and the immediate funding from the relevant Ministries and the Bank of Greece.

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Signing of agreements between Greece and China for Greek exports of grapes, plums, cherries and oranges

agreements for greek exports china

After a concerted effort, the Greek Ministry of Reconstruction of Production, Environment and Energy sent via the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Commercial Attaché Office in Beijing) to the Competent Chinese Authority AQSIQ (General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine) the technical files relating to the initiation of procedures for export of four Greek fruit species to China. These fruits are grapes, plums, cherries and oranges. On that occasion AgroTypos contacted Mr. Daskalopoulos, the Commercial Attaché of Greek embassy in Beijing. Continue reading Signing of agreements between Greece and China for Greek exports of grapes, plums, cherries and oranges

Up to 9% less sugar in the European Union for the period 2015/2016

less sugar in the European Union for the period 2015/2016

The sugar production in the European Union (EU) is expected to be significantly reduced for the period 2015/2016. Specifically is expected to be 105.2 million tonnes from 115.6 million tonnes that was last year, as a result of the sizeable stocks in 2014/2015 and the low prices in the international market. These are stated in the European Commission’s short-term outlook report, which was recently published. Basically the production is going to be reduced by 9% compared to 2013/2014. In Greece, where a reduced production is also expected, another sugar factory will re-operate from October. This positive development became known in the midst of Greek economic crisis. Continue reading Up to 9% less sugar in the European Union for the period 2015/2016

Greek Fertilizer market dries up

Greek Fertilizer market

In recent days market is hardly provided with fertilizer, as banking restrictions have “frozen” the imports of raw materials and finished products. As a result of this the enterprises depend solely on their few stocks. Market agents believe that if this peculiar “economic blockade” of the country continues for another week, the first shortages in nutrition products will make their appearance on the market. Continue reading Greek Fertilizer market dries up

The Greek market chain of animal feed faces serious problems after the bank holiday

greek milk production can't benefit from EU price rise

The Greek farming enterprises face major problems, as capital control has prevented the import of animal feed. “The capital control stifles the Greek economy and is expected to bring the final blow to Greek livestock, which faces many difficulties all the years of financial crisis. The trade of animal feed between the productive units and the market has essentially stopped or will stop in due course, while the cost for island regions is very high” said to Agrotypos the President of the Hellenic Feed Industry Association Mr. Ilias Melissourgos. Continue reading The Greek market chain of animal feed faces serious problems after the bank holiday

Greece: The processing industry of agricultural products is threatened from the bank holiday and the capital control

Greece: The processing industry of agricultural products is threatened from the bank holiday

Photo by Tim Sackton / CC BY-SA 4.0

In the most critical period for the processing sector of the clingstone peach and industrial tomatoes -a few days before their harvest- the worst financial crisis that Greece has experienced in recent years takes place. The peach processing industry, which should have been prepared for operation, faces a situation of severe financial distress with closed banks and the capital control, while processors do not know whether they could absorb the entire year’s production. Continue reading Greece: The processing industry of agricultural products is threatened from the bank holiday and the capital control

The impact of financial crisis on the environment

The impact of financial crisis on the environment

Photo by Ryan Li / CC BY 4.0

It may be the wrong time for someone to talk about the protection of the environment when the entire Greek people are tested by the financial crisis. But things are not exactly like that. The environment has a direct and indirect economic value that should be safeguarded. Indirect economic value has to do with the dignity and physical / mental health of residents as well as with the preservation of historical memory of each place. Direct economic value deals with activities that generate economic benefits, when at the same time they protect the environment (by recycling, use of Renewable Energy Sources – RES etc). According to AgroTypos reportage, the policy areas that are most negatively affected by the financial crisis are related to environmental impact assessment and environmental licensing of construction and development projects, as well as to the protection of forest and coastal ecosystems. This happens not only in Greece but European-wide and in many cases outside the EU. Continue reading The impact of financial crisis on the environment

Good prospect for European fruits and vegetables in Asia

European fruits and vegetables export in Asia

The Zhumino International LLC, a United Arab Emirates (UAE) import fruit and vegetables company, is the leading importers and distributors of fruit and vegetables in the UAE. Zhumino International LLC has a large network of subsidiaries in India, South Africa, Philippines, Malaysia and recently in Greece. Continue reading Good prospect for European fruits and vegetables in Asia

Herbal teas made with saffron can create a new high earning beverage market

Herbal teas made with saffron

It’s the costliest spice on earth. The rich around the world have loved it for millennia. Countries like USA love it so much that even imports it from Iran. Iran produces 95% of the world’s saffron. India, along with Spain, Italy, Greece, Morocco and Ajerbaijan, produce the rest. Those who know saffron trade say Iranian saffron is bought by traders in countries like Dubai and then shipped to other parts of the world, including Canada and then to the USA. Saffron is a spice derived from the dried stigma of the flower of the saffron crocus. The flower has three stigmas, which are the distal ends of the plant’s carpels. Continue reading Herbal teas made with saffron can create a new high earning beverage market

IOC: Extra virgin olive oil prices in Spain, Italy, Tunisia and Greece

Extra virgin olive oil prices

The International Olive Council (IOC) presented the average international prices of extra virgin olive oils. According to data released by IOC the producer prices of Tunisia ranked third after those of Italy and Spain, from March to May 2015. Continue reading IOC: Extra virgin olive oil prices in Spain, Italy, Tunisia and Greece

Production of apricot in Europe is decreased with only exception Spain

Production of apricot in Europe

Turkey is the first apricot producer country in the world (17% of total production) followed by Iran and Pakistan, which are the second and the third respectively. According to forecasts of Europêch, made in Perpignan of France, in 2015 the European production of apricots is expected to be 509,570 tonnes (presenting a decrease of 3.7% compared to 2014).
Continue reading Production of apricot in Europe is decreased with only exception Spain

Table grapes: The new varieties bring profits to producers

new varieties of table grapes bring profits to producers

In recent years European consumers seem to have turned to new grape varieties. This has as a result the creation of a new “shelf” (as it’s called in the language of the traders) in the super-markets with new and more expensive grapes appealing to consumers with a greater purchasing power than the average. Protagonist in this category (within Europe) emerges by far Spain, although it is not the first European country in production (first position is held by Italy, followed by Spain and the third place is occupied by Greece). The President of Pegasus Coop-Producers Organization “7 Grapes”, Markos Leggas talks to “Agrotypos.com” about the new varieties and the estimation about the table grape market. “7 Grapes” is one of the most important Greek cooperative organizations, which is based in Corinth. Continue reading Table grapes: The new varieties bring profits to producers

USA Legislation for trademarks

Legislation for trademarks in USA

Mr. Martin Schulz, the President of the European Parliament, seeing the danger of not having the majority resolution of negotiations for the Transatlantic Investment and Trade Agreement USA – EU (TTIP), he decided to cancel the debate in plenary on Tuesday (9/6/2015). The report now will be discussed in the competent Committee on International Trade of the European Parliament (INTA), which will decide whether it will be put to the vote in plenary of European Parliament again. One of the agricultural issues that is difficult to be resolved in the ongoing negotiations on the TTIP is the EU demand that the USA should recognize and protect the EU’s list of geographical indications (GIs). Continue reading USA Legislation for trademarks

European processing tomato industry has not overcome its problems since 2009

European processing tomato industry
This work “photo” is a derivative of “Gorgeous tomatoes”  by Pauline Mak, used under CC BY. Licensed under CC BY by [agrotypos]

Mr. Dimitrios Nomikos, the President of the company “D. Nomikos – Kopais S.A.” talked to AgroTypos about the European processing tomato industry. The manufacturing industry that he is leading is one of the largest and most reliable in Greece and Mr. Nomikos is considered one of those who know very well this sector in Europe. Mr. Nomikos mentioned that this year, everything will depend on the quantity produced: “In case the world production is higher than it is expected then it would be problem because the production will be higher than the demand. On the other hand if the produced quantities are not higher than the estimated ones and moreover there are not changes in the euro / dollar exchange rate, then things would be positive in Europe for this sector”. Continue reading European processing tomato industry has not overcome its problems since 2009

Cherry: The increased production in Turkey will affect the european producer prices

Turkish cherry production play a major role in european market

Increase of cherry production is expected this year in countries out of the EU such as Turkey and Canada. A large proportion of goods produced in those two countries are exported to the EU and this fact is expected to influence the prices for cherry. Moreover, given the Russian embargo the expected quantities that will be imported to the European market will be increased. Producers of EU countries (including Greece), express their concerns unless the Russian ban is lifted. According to exporters within the EU, the European market is also under the pressure of Spain which exports large cherry quantities. Continue reading Cherry: The increased production in Turkey will affect the european producer prices

Portugal: Farming Cooperatives play a key role in the creation of operational groups

Farming Cooperatives in Portugal

Mrs. Cátia Rosas, representative of Copa Cogeca Portugal’s ConfAgri, talked to AgroTypos about the effort made in Portugal for the creation of operational groups. These groups may be constituted by farmers, scientists and representatives of agri-food sector and may be financed through the new European Union (EU) programs. According to Mrs. Rosas “The group’s success depends on the willingness of its members to share their ideas and experiences”. Continue reading Portugal: Farming Cooperatives play a key role in the creation of operational groups

Exporting food products to Japan

export foods in japan

The 60% of Japan’s needs in food products or food raw materials are covered by imports. This percentage is expected to be further increased due to the ongoing aging of the rural population. The Japanese food market owns the second market share worldwide, and in Japan food goods rank the third place of imported products (by value). Continue reading Exporting food products to Japan

«Discovery wines» and «wine lovers» increase, two major global trends in the wine sector

Discovery wines lovers global trends in wine sector

In recent years the economic crisis has undoubtedly affected all sectors of the economy, not only in quantitative but also in qualitative level. In other words, the declined purchasing power had not only resulted in reduced sales of basic consumer goods (e.g. food products) but also in people’s choices for those products. Even the wine market could not escape this trend. According to people in the wine industry even in countries where sales did not decline, consumers turned to cheaper wines. On the other hand the category of higher quality (and expensive too) wines continues to be a very important market share. This happens probably because people belonging to this target group (of worldwide) have not been affected so much by the financial crisis. Rather they insist on their choices. Continue reading «Discovery wines» and «wine lovers» increase, two major global trends in the wine sector

What could carob, hazelnuts and alginate possibly have in common?

carobites low glycemic load desert-snack

Have you ever wonder what could carob, hazelnuts and alginate possibly have in common? The answer is a tasty idea called “Carobites”, a “Ready-To-Eat, sweet, on the go snack of high nutritional value based on carob combined with the innovative technology of edible coatings”. It is about a high nutritional product, consisting of approximately 60% carob and carob derivatives and 20% of hazelnut that is coated by a tasteless alginate derived edible coating. Continue reading What could carob, hazelnuts and alginate possibly have in common?

IOC disagrees with the establishment of the premium class olive oil

special category of olive oil under the name “premium”

Fοr the olive oil marketing programs and for the countries proceeding to new plantings of olive trees talked to AgroTypos Mr. Ender Gunduz, the Head of Administrative and Promotion Units at International Olive Council (IOC). He also mentioned the disagreement of IOC to the establishment of the premium class olive oil. On the 18th of February, the European Parliament (EP) submitted a proposal of the establishment of a special category of olive oil under the name «premium» to the European Commission. The «premium» olive oil should fulfill strict criteria regarding taste, aroma and nutritional value. Continue reading IOC disagrees with the establishment of the premium class olive oil

The Canadian food giant McCain starts cooperation with Greek potato growers

The Canadian food giant McCain presented its initiative for Corporate Social Responsibility called “Karpos Frontidas” (Care Fruit) on 6th of May in Athens. According to Mr. George Gonos, the Managing Director of McCain in Southeastern Europe, the company in the global strategy for Corporate Social Responsibility, chose Greece for the implementation of this initiative. That is the 25 hectares cultivation of potato in a remote area of Greece by 25 Greek growers. It is about the border village Notia (Municipality Almopia in Pella) that fulfills all those social and economic criteria and soil requirements that the company was looking for cooperation. The produced potatoes would be standardized and sold through a specific Greek super – market chain. Continue reading The Canadian food giant McCain starts cooperation with Greek potato growers

“Wines of Athens” association promotes abroad the white Greek “Savatiano”

greeks wine producers promote Savatiano

“Wines of Athens”, a wine-producers association, was established by five members, Mrs. Fragou, Mr. Papagiannakos, Mr. Kokotos, Mr. Mylonas and Mr. Markou. The pre-mentioned producers have as common goal and purpose to promote the white Greek wine “Savatiano” in foreign markets, as a strong brand name and the Attica vineyard as well. Attica vineyard, the largest vineyard in the country, is near Athens (capital of Greece) and maybe the oldest one being connected with ancient Athens. The “Wines of Athens” wineries are open to the public and organize tastings of their wines, which visitors could choose to buy on the spot. They are also trying to connect the wineries with archaeological sites of the area. Athens is the only European capital where the vineyards are within driving distance of it. Continue reading “Wines of Athens” association promotes abroad the white Greek “Savatiano”

Greek stock breeders follow the european example by producing and selling their own milk and yogurt

yogurt milk substitute

A group of Greek stock breeders from Ioannina, a region in north-western Greece, exploit the global trend for production and consumption of high nutritional value and quality local products made in small scale (that are produced in less quantities compared to industries) in order to survive the financial crisis. Cow’s and sheep’s milk (both complete and light) and sheep’s yogurt are produced by the Cooperative called “Movement of Ioannina Breeders” (consisting of 12 members) and are sold in the local market. Continue reading Greek stock breeders follow the european example by producing and selling their own milk and yogurt

European Federation of Agricultural Exhibition and Show Organisers (EURASCO) becomes latest associate member of the European Network of Agricultural Journalists (ENAJ)

The European Network of Agricultural Journalists is pleased to announce that the European Federation of Agricultural Exhibition and Show Organisers (EURASCO) has become the latest associate member of the ENAJ. EURASCO is a not for profit organisation with the aim of promoting European agricultural exhibitions, shows and fairs through the exchange of information, ideas and experience, reciprocal advice, liaison and mutual assistance. Continue reading European Federation of Agricultural Exhibition and Show Organisers (EURASCO) becomes latest associate member of the European Network of Agricultural Journalists (ENAJ)

Farmers in Crete of Greece are growing bananas in small scale

crete banana sold in athens

“Cretan bananas are a unique product in Greece. Until recently, about 80% of the production was directed to the local market in Crete. Now we are expanding to markets in Athens (capital of Greece).” said in an interview to AgroTypos Mr. George Lykakis, a banana producer from Arvi of the Municipality of Viannos in Crete island. Crete is an island at the southern tip of Greece. “The production is small and it is not worthwhile to sell it to restaurants and hotels, since it would have to compete with imported produce. So we are trying to sell either to cooperatives or individuals in public markets. At this time the producer price in Crete is around € 1.20 to 1.30 per kilo. The economic crisis has no impact to the Cretan banana.” Continue reading Farmers in Crete of Greece are growing bananas in small scale

Portugal: fruit and vegetable exports aiming at the reduction of country’s debt

market news fruits and vegetables

Portugal aims to double the value of its fruit and vegetable exports by 2020. Mr. Laurent Armaos, the Head of the Commercial Department of the Embassy of Portugal in Athens in an interview to AgroTypos said “Portuguese exports of fresh vegetable have increased by almost 26% in recent years (from € 780 million in 2010 to € 983 million in 2013). In 2014, the fruit and vegetable production in Portugal and the exports respectively recorded a further development”. Regarding the destinations of exportable products, Mr. Armaos reported that “the majority of exports are going to countries in Europe, South America and Africa, given the strategic geographical position of Portugal and its advantage of convenient access to maritime transport”. Continue reading Portugal: fruit and vegetable exports aiming at the reduction of country’s debt

Potted herbs produced in the historic Marathon of Greece are exported to chains of supermarkets in Europe

Mr. Kriton Kitantzis Business Director of Marigold Plants

The Marigold Plants SA company is situated in Greece, near Athens at Kato Souli, in the historical tomb at Marathon. Marigold Plants SA supplies big European supermarket chains with a wide range of Greek herbs. AgroTypos visited the family company of aromatic and ornamental plants and met the young (31 years old) Business Director of Marigold Plants, the agronomist Mr. Kriton Kitantzis. Mr. Kitantzis, a person with studies abroad and entrepreneur, has managed to become virtually the only Greek exporter of potted herbs in the European market. Big supermarket chains such as Albert Heijn in the Netherlands, the OBI in Germany, the B & Q in Britain and ALDI in Holland and Belgium are included in its partners. In Greece, the company cooperates with Leroy Merlin, Sklavenitis supermarkets and many Garden Centers. Continue reading Potted herbs produced in the historic Marathon of Greece are exported to chains of supermarkets in Europe

Only vineyard and orchard tractors hold out in the Italian market according to FederUnacoma

Data on Italian tractor sales during the first quarter of the year point to a sharp drop in registrations. The only type showing growth is the narrow track specialists for vineyards and orchards facing, however, the application of new European Union regulations on exhaust emissions which carry the risk of choking off also this sector of the market. Continue reading Only vineyard and orchard tractors hold out in the Italian market according to FederUnacoma

The PDO registered pistachios from Megara of Greece are now exported abroad under the umbrella of the local agricultural cooperative

In 1993 the pistachios from Megara (in West Attica of Greece) were registered as a product with Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) in the EU. But according to Mr. N. Bouskos, the Agronomist of the Αgricultural Cooperative in Megara, who talked to AgroTypos “till 2014 pistachios from Megara have not been sold as PDO, since the producers in the region preferred to sell them to the traders by themselves. It should be noted that the relevant EU Regulation states that in order a product to be sold as PDO, it should be sold through the Cooperative. That’s why in 2014 we decided to act “dynamically” in the market and a high percentage of our producers were persuaded to sell their products to our Cooperative.” Continue reading The PDO registered pistachios from Megara of Greece are now exported abroad under the umbrella of the local agricultural cooperative

Good prospects for further Greek horticultural exports to India

In an exclusive interview to AgroTypos, Dr. Jagvir Singh Yadav, the Chief Director of the «Premium Farm Fresh Produce Ltd» in India, referred to the way of operation of Indian vegetable market, the criteria for cooperation with producers, the fruit and vegetable trade in the market of New Delhi and the prospects for cooperation with Greece. The «Premium Farm Fresh Produce Ltd» company is a member of WUWM (World Union Of Wholesale Markets) and forms the first attempt to establish private wholesale markets across India. Continue reading Good prospects for further Greek horticultural exports to India

SAFE-BAG a new technology for decontamination of fruits and vegetables without chemicals is presented to AgroTypos

The SAFE-BAG project will develop a novel continuous in-pack decontamination system for fresh-cut fruits and vegetables to replace chlorine. Preliminary research conducted indicates that in-pack non-thermal plasma (an energetic ionised gas) can significantly reduce the microbial load of fresh fruits and vegetables. SAFE-BAG will advance this knowledge by carrying out further research to maximise potential benefits of this technology, in order to be validated in industry. Dr. Edurne Gaston Estanga, the Scientific Coordinator of the EU co-funded project SAFE-BAG that is in progress in Spain gave an interview to AgroTypos about this project. Continue reading SAFE-BAG a new technology for decontamination of fruits and vegetables without chemicals is presented to AgroTypos

Mr. Manuel Estrada, the President of the World Union of Wholesale Markets, presents the Union to AgroTypos

The World Union of Wholesale Markets (WUWM) is a non-profit association that aims to promote the international exchange of information on wholesale and retail markets, with a view to improving their construction, organisation and management. The WUWM was founded in 1956 and today has more than 240 markets worldwide. AgroTypos had an interview with the President of the WUWM, Mr. Manuel Estrada, who talked about the way of operation, the values, the goals, and the largest markets of the Union. Continue reading Mr. Manuel Estrada, the President of the World Union of Wholesale Markets, presents the Union to AgroTypos

Greek horticultural products: High demand during Easter and reduced produce bring better prices to the producers

vegetables prices

May the greenhouse vegetable crops have not been affected too much as the outdoor spring crops by the weather but the impact on production is important, according to AgroTypos reportage. Producers from Crete up to Preveza mentioned that humidity, the lack of sunlight and the presence of diseases, such as botrytis, resulted in reduced production. However, this period the prices range at a good level because of Easter higher demand. Note that the new production period of cucumbers and tomatoes has already been started, while in Crete the harvest of peppers and eggplants is in progress.

Continue reading Greek horticultural products: High demand during Easter and reduced produce bring better prices to the producers

“Moria Elea” olive oil breaks the Greek frontiers.

olive oil

After a twelve year career in marketing Mr. Costas Balafas took the decision to change his activity field. So in mid 2011, he created the company “Olive Vision” together with his partner Mr. George Dimarakis. Olive Vision is a small family business specializing in production, bottling and marketing of quality olive products. The company without any State funding invested from the beginning in its own facilities (bottling – Hermione warehouses and offices in Athens where we visited Mr. Balafas). Then olive oil “Moria Elea” was created. A product which besides its excellent quality (which is evidenced by the awards received) stands up in a luxurious and elegant packaging. Continue reading “Moria Elea” olive oil breaks the Greek frontiers.