AREFLH, in coordination with the French Interprofessional Union of Chestnut, the National Syndicate of French Chestnut Producers, our Portuguese colleagues from Coopenela and Refcast (the national network of Portuguese chestnut) presented a project of promotion programme with the financial support from the European Union. The objective of this project is to develop a sustainable consumption of chestnuts by targeting in particular the young sporty public. It will highlight the chestnut’s beneficial effects for the health and the variety of its uses (fresh or processed).
For a budget of € 930,000 over 3 years (2020/2022) The EU would finance 80% of the expenditures.
On the agenda : communication via social networks, a website, the participation to European, national and regional trade shows, relations with the professional and general-public press.
The final decision from Europe is expected by November 2019
Interco Nouvelle-Aquitaine and AREFLH have organized a mission to study the production, processing and trade of Chataigne in Japan. It has just finished and the participants were delighted.
23 representatives from Spain, France and Portugal (researchers, producers and cooperatives) have discovered a country where the consumption of chestnuts is strongly rooted in tradition and where there is a dynamic range of chestnut-based processed products.
This mission, which has been a real success, is part of the action programme of the Eurocastanea network led by Areflh. A report will be given to you very soon.
On the occasion of the Regional Monitoring Committee (CRS) organized on June 4, 2019, the Pays de la Loire Region has promoted its actions and those of Europe to the members of the Directorate General Agriculture of the European Commission, present in Nantes last week for technical meetings. It is Mr. Cazanave-Pin who represented the DG Agri. Jean-Louis Moulon, Vice-President of AREFLH was present to the visits organised on 3rd June.
The region wanted to promote two so-called "exemplary" projects funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) through 2 visits :
The visit of an agricultural investment project accompanied by the Plan of competitiveness and adaptation of farms (PCAE) in arboriculture,
A visit of the area of the agro-environmental and climatic measures (MAEC) of the low Angevin valleys.
On the 27th and 28th of May 2019, AREFLH’s Vice-President Jean-Louis Moulon and Policy officer Andrea Tivoli met in Aix-en-Provence with representatives of the Regional Chamber of Agriculture and Florisud to discuss the future creation of a working group on ornamental plants.
The ornamental plants sector holds a significant weight in certain rural areas in France: in general, French cut flower production concerns 3,200 farms cultivating 2,500 hectares, including nearly 700 hectares under glasshouses. 50% of the area and 40% of the farms are located in the PACA region, France is the leading cut flower region.
The Var area has 590 cut flower farms on more than 750 hectares, including 300 hectares under greenhouses. Ornamental horticultural production in the Var represents more than 4000 direct jobs, to which are added the many indirect jobs in upstream and downstream activities. The farms in Var generate more than 270 million euros in production turnover, all sectors of activity combined, i.e. 38% of Var agriculture's production turnover.
The objective of the meeting was to gather recent data concerning the ornamental plants sector in France and in the PACA region as well as to identify key issues impacting the sector at EU level. A roadmap for the constitution of the WG was agreed upon, with a potential first meeting in fall 2019 after the definition of a common position paper.
Andrea Tivoli, Project Manager Europe for AREFLH, accompanied by Karine Oswald-Poulet from IDFEL, will meet the representatives of DG CLIMA in Brussels on Monday 17 June. The purpose of this first-contact meeting is to exchange on the future of the new Europe.
A report will be made to you very soon.
The kick-off meeting of the CONSOLE project (CONtract SOLutions for Effective and lasting delivery of agri-environmental-climate public goods by EU agriculture and forestry, H2020) took place on the 23rd and 24th of May 2019 in Seville, Spain.
The general objective of CONSOLE is to boost innovation in the lasting delivery of AECPGs by EU agriculture and forestry, by building a Community of Practice (CoP), by designing and testing effective and efficient cooperation models and by developing a contractual framework supporting implementation by multiple actors.
The CONSOLE consortium gathers over 24 institutions from 12 European countries covering a broad range of actors (farmers, organizations, researchers, public administration, consultant companies). The H2020 project will run for the next 3 years and is expected to deliver its results in early 2022.
The two-day meeting was the opportunity for the project partner to meet each other and discuss the overall project strategy. The project’s EU officer and a representative of DG AGRI’s Research and Innovation Unit were also in attendance and provided more details on the current EU policy on agri-environmental-climate public goods in European agriculture. Additionally, members of the consortium were able to fine tune the implementing strategy and find out more about the case studies already identified across several EU countries. Work package leaders and co-leaders also presented their planned activities and fine tune management approaches and duties.
As a consortium member, AREFLH will be tasked with communicating and disseminating information related to this project as well as organizing national and European events to promote its results.
For more information about the project, please visit the following website: console-project.eu
On 4 June 2019, the informal meeting of Ministers for Agriculture and Fisheries of the EU Member States took place in Bucharest, in the context of the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council.
The agenda included relevant and current topics for the Member States, in the context of the new Common Agricultural Policy (CAP): agricultural research, innovation and bioeconomy - creating synergies - as key instruments for the rural development.
Minister Petre Daea emphasized the need to bring back in the discussion the topics of agricultural research and bio-economy, which are catalysts for agriculture.
Read the full press release from the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council
Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/936 of 6 June 2019 amending Implementing Regulations (EU) No 808/2014, (EU) No 809/2014 and (EU) No 908/2014 as regards financial instruments set up under the programmes for rural development
Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/916 of 4 June 2019 fixing the adjustment rate for direct payments pursuant to Regulation (EU) No 1306/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council in respect of the calendar year 2019
Extract from an article from the Emilia Romagna Region:
The agri-food industry in Emilia-Romagna is consolidating its position to reach 201.4 billion euros (+ 0.4%) of agricultural production in 2018. After reaching a record number in 2015-2017. This is one of the conclusions of the 2018 report on agri-food.
The export of the best regional products is also good, from Parmigiano Reggiano to quality wines, improving the already brilliant performance of 2017, totaling nearly 6.5 billion euros in cross-border sales (+ 3.5%).
Also , the agricultural credit decreased slightly to a total of € 5.5 billion (-0.8%).
The Andalusia region has presented to the EU the Agri-Hebe 2020 initiative to promote young people in the agricultural sector.
It is a pilot project to fully support young entrepreneurs in the agricultural sector, taking advantage of all the tools available in the region, as well as creating new ones.
The Pays de la Loire Region has promoted its actions and those of Europe to the members of the Directorate General Agriculture of the European Commission, present in Nantes last week for more technical meetings
Request for expression of interest to participate in the EIP-AGRI Workshop "Small is smart" - Innovative solutions for small agricultural and forestry holdings - 29-30 October 2019
This two-day event will take place on Tuesday 29 and Wednesday 30 October 2019 in Bucharest Romania, and we are looking for participants!
Extract from an article of the World Health Organisation :
Fruits and vegetables are important components of a healthy diet. Reduced fruit and vegetable consumption is linked to poor health and increased risk of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs). An estimated 3.9 million deaths worldwide were attributable to inadequate fruit and vegetable consumption in 2017.
And what the WHO claims has again been proved, just recently by the Tufts University.
Preliminary findingsfrom a new study reveal that inadequate fruit and vegetable consumption may account for millions of deaths from heart disease and strokes each year. The study estimated that roughly 1 in 7 cardiovascular deaths could be attributed to not eating enough fruit and 1 in 12 cardiovascular deaths could be attributed to not eating enough vegetables.