agriculture

Young farmers: €1 billion to facilitate access to finance

The European Commission and the European Investment Bank (EIB) launched today a €1 billion loans package targeting specifically young farmers. In 2017, 27% of the loan applications submitted to banks by EU young farmers were rejected, compared to only 9% for other farms.

The €1 billion package announced today by Commissioner for agriculture Phil Hogan and EIB Vice-President Andrew McDowell, aims at increasing access to funding for EU farmers, especially young farmers.

Poultry meat production in EU at new high in 2018

The European Union (EU) produced 15.2 million tonnes of poultry meat in 2018, a new high. This represents a cumulative rise of about one quarter or 3.2 million tonnes since 2010.

In 2018, about 70 % of the EU production of poultry meat came from just six Member States: Poland (16.8 %), the United Kingdom (12.9 %), France (11.4 %), Spain (10.7 %), Germany (10.4 %) and Italy (8.5 %).

Source: Eurostat

Agro-innovation: Effective Use of Agricultural Waste

The AgroCycle project will help develop sustainable green businesses and jobs

There is an urgent need and a huge opportunity to address the effective use of agricultural waste.

AgroCycle is a ca. €8 million (ca. €7 million from the European Commission, ca. €1 million from the Government of The People’s Republic of China) Horizon 2020 research and innovation project addressing the recycling and valorisation of waste from the agri-food sector.