March 9, 2017
- THAILAND - With over 1,000 international exhibitors from 53 countries, this year’s VIV Asia in Bangkok promises to be one of the largest and most exciting shows in the industry.
- IRELAND - IFA President Joe Healy had a very positive meeting with the Egyptian Ambassador Soha Samir Nashd Gendi in Dublin this week, and discussed the opportunities around the live export trade to Egypt.
- GERMANY - The German organic industry is booming, with organic farming playing a key role in the food and agriculture industries. So much so that in 2017 the federal government is expected to invest €20 million to support and strengthen organic farming in order to push organically cultivated land to total 20 per cent of Germany’s overall cropland.
- CHINA - Leaders from 300 agricultural companies have gathered in Beijing Wednesday to sign a proposal, promising to optimize their production processes and work together to realize China's goal of green agriculture.
- EU - IFA National Dairy Committee Chairman Sean O’Leary has said the EU Commission yesterday revealed the EU production reduction scheme would be underspent by around 20 per cent.
- US - An Air Quality Specialist with the University of California Davis says livestock production in North America plays a much smaller role in contributing to global warming than the public would be led to believe, according to Bruce Cochrane.
- IRELAND - IFA National Livestock Chairman Angus Woods said IFA has been in contact with Purcell Brothers and welcomed the positive news this week that they have secured a live cattle contract for exports to Turkey. He said this is a very positive development and a major boost to the livestock sector.
- WEST AFRICA - Climate projections for West Africa show that crop yields and grass for livestock grazing are likely to decline in the future.
March 8, 2017
- UK - First Milk has supplied fresh British milk to Nestlé UK&I since 2003, in a relationship that has focused on building a long term sustainable supply chain for Nestlé's confectionary and beverage businesses.
- CHINA - Targeted campaigns will be launched to curb pollution and animal waste on livestock and poultry farms as well as the excessive use of fertilizers in the horticultural sector in an attempt to bolster the environment in rural areas, the minister of agriculture said.