Environment and Conservation
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Six weeks into the marketing year, EU imports of palm oil were down by around a third compared to last season.
The UK’s Department for the Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) has insisted it “will not hesitate” to provide direct support for certain agriculture sectors in the event of a ‘no-deal’ Brexit, following the publication of a report claiming up to half of farms in the UK could go bankrupt under such a scenario.
Unusually hot weather at the end of July further weakened the yield outlook for EU summer crops, the European Commission outlines in its latest crop monitoring report.
The European Commission has introduced provisional countervailing duties on Indonesian companies that export biodiesel to the European Union, claiming that the industry receives illegal subsidies from the government.
The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has called on the UK government to boost the country’s food self-sufficiency, which the organisation says currently stands at around 61%.
Bulgaria’s Commissioner could take over the Agriculture and Rural Development portfolio in the next term.
Brazil’s citrus sector has restricted the use of the insecticide dimethoate in production of fruit for juice and for export as fresh produce, in response to the European Union’s decision not to renew its authorisation due to risks identified in its reassessment.
A lack of clarity over the next EU Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF), largely due to the uncertainty around Brexit, could mean the new Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) will not be implemented until 2023.
Indonesia’s moratorium on new forest clearance - first introduced in 2011 and repeatedly extended - has been made permanent.
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