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18.08.2017
Category: Beef and Sheep

Silvopastoral Systems give proof of their benefits to livestock, environment and economics

silvopastoral system Colombia

Many traditional livestock production systems in Latin America - based on grass monoculture - tend to deplete natural resources in a process of continuous degradation. As an alternative, silvopastoral systems combine livestock production with rotational grazing using different pastures, forages, fodder shrubs and timber trees as parts of the same system. Taking in account the globally fast growi[more]


05.04.2017
Category: Pig

The boars have the edge on

piglets

The social demand for more animal welfare is increasingly the focus of agricultural policy. For example, the current practice of castration of piglets without anesthesia is forbidden by law in Germany from the first of January 2019. This raises the question of viable alternatives for farmers. On this question, the Thünen Institute for Farm Economics has investigated alternatives to piglet castrat[more]


23.02.2017
Category: Fish

Vietnamese pangasius competes with traditional wild caught saithe and cod in Germany

fish shop

In Germany pangasius from aquaculture provides already an alternative to popular wild fish including cod or saithe. The EU whitefish market is fairly complex in terms of competition and substitution between species, especially since it has undergone significant changes owing to the growing aquaculture sector in recent years. Due to the large quantities produced at low production cost, the farmed [more]


26.01.2017
Category: Organic

Legal future of European organic farming unclear

EU Bio Siegel

While the organic farming sector is growing fast worldwide, the expected revision of EU legislation concerning production, processing, labelling and monitoring of organic products could not be agreed on in December 2016. Since 2014 the EU Commission, EU Parliament and EU Agricultural Council negotiated over a draft of new legal rules presented by the EU Commission. The proposed legislation w[more]


24.10.2016
Category: Fish

Crisis changes the face of Vietnam’s Pangasius aquaculture significantly

pangasius feeding

Slumped European demand, stagnant selling prices and rising competitors lead to challenges for the Vietnam Pangasius producers in the last years. In consequence, the sector restructures from family-own small scale to vertical integrated large-scale firms; new markets and diverse certification programs like BAP aim to ensure consumer expectations regarding product quality. The recent years were no[more]


07.09.2016
Category: tomato

Tomatoes are Morocco´s agricultural export hit

tomatoes

Agriculture in Morocco has always been a strategic sector for the socio-economic development of the country. In 2013, agriculture represented 15.5% of the nominal GDP. Tomatoes constitute one of Morocco’s most important fresh exported agricultural products and a main revenue earner. At the social level, the sector creates an average of 9 million working days per year on production, packaging and[more]


02.08.2016
Category: Pig

How European pig farmers could adjust to the Russian import embargo

icon pork embarge

Just recently Russia extended the import ban of certain food products from the EU to the end of 2017. Since 2014 – the first year of the Russian embargo – the EU agri-food sector has undergone major changes regarding its main export destinations and markets. The profound transformation of the pig meat market is a result of this process. Over the years 2011 – 2013 Russia had a proportion of more t[more]


02.05.2016
Category: Fish

Iran and Turkey are the world-leading producers of trout in freshwater

raceways - Turkey

The countries with the shortest history of trout farming became the biggest producers of rainbow trout during the last decades. EU-countries with a long history of trout farming in ponds instead remain on decidedly lower production level. More than 206 species belong to the family of Salmonidae, with salmon (Salmo salar) and rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) being two of the world´s most import[more]


04.03.2016
Category: Beef and Sheep

Easy-to-apply classification of sheep production systems is now available

grazing sheep

Sheep production systems largely differ depending on the available resources (natural, animal and human). These differences create difficulties when implementing farm comparison analysis. In order to provide a comprehensive framework for the analysis, a classification of farm production systems is required. The classification of sheep production systems was undertaken in several steps and within [more]


11.02.2016
Category: Cash Crop

Does high-tech farming re-establish small agricultural machinery?

tractor tracks

GPS-aided autonomous drones, genetically modified seeds or robots assisting farmer´s work from sowing to harvesting – these images cross one´s mind thinking of new technologies in agriculture. New technologies simultaneously create opportunities to reverse developments in agricultural production no longer accepted by the public. Just imagine a couple of small machines working on the fields effect[more]


21.12.2015
Category: Organic

German consumers love organic products – but do German farmers gain profits in equal measure?

german wholefood shop

In 2014 German consumers spent about 8 billion Euro on organic products, turning Germany into the largest European market for food produced by organic farming. But domestic organic farming didn´t expand similarly. The new strategy “Organic Farming – Looking Forward” aims at a turnaround. Since 2011, the consumption of organic products grew at a rate of 5 to 9 percent per annum, in comparison[more]


30.10.2015
Category: Cash Crop

Double cropping in Brazil – A boost for crop production

chart double cropping

There has been a strong increase in Brazilian grain production during the last 30 years – e.g. corn production went up from 3.4 million ha to 8.7 million ha (+ 250 percent). Double cropping, which means planting two crops in a field in the same year, summer soybean (rainy season) with a winter crop of corn has become well established across Brazil's grain belt over the last ten years and is theref[more]


22.10.2015
Category: Pig

The rise of Spanish pig sector

piglets

With about 3.5 million tons of pork, or 18 percent of the EU census, Spain is the second-largest producer in the EU and the fourth-largest producer in the world. The Spanish pig sector represents 14 percent of Spanish agricultural production. It ranks first in terms of economic importance within Spanish livestock production, representing 36.8 percent (2014 data). It is therefore the most importan[more]


22.07.2015
Category: apple

A quarter of world apple production grows just in three provinces of China

apples

More than half of China’s apples are harvested in Shandong, Henan and Shaanxi, while China accounts for more than 50 % of global apple production (USDA, FAOstat). Such clearly marked production clusters can be found in all major apple producing countries, too. In countries with temperate climates, apple trees seem to grow everywhere. They are found in home gardens, along the roadside or in orchar[more]


05.06.2015
Category: Beef and Sheep

Islamic holidays and the impact on sheep prices

sheep

With about 1.6 billion Muslims, or 23% of the world’s population, Islam is the second-largest world religion. In Algeria, as in other Muslim countries, religious holiday periods have an impact on the prices of meat and livestock for slaughter. Two specific holidays are of significance: Ramadan and Eid al-Adha - the Festival of Sacrifice, which is the tenth day of the twelfth month of the Muslim c[more]


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