Daily Archives: November 1, 2015

  • EU Financial Instruments for agriculture & rural development

    EU agriculture and agri-food sectors, and indeed the wider rural economies of the EU, can be key drivers of job creation and growth in the coming years. But it will not happen without investment, and – crucially – the right type of investment.

    Before turning to the role and potential impact of Financial Instruments, I would like to remind you how important agriculture and the agri-food sectors are to the European economy. Reliable data show that the sector has been more resilient in times of crisis than many others.

    Not only that, but through investment and innovation, and the Commission’s ambitious pursuit of trade agreements, the sector has managed to find a number of new markets, thereby stimulating an further growth and job creation.

    Following the recent reform of the Common Agricultural Policy, farmers will be far more market-oriented in their production decisions.

    And through the new Rural Development Programmes, Member States and regions also have at their disposal a wide range of co-funded investment opportunities designed to help individuals or companies make additional investment, creating further growth and jobs.

    It is in this context that I see Financial Instruments as a very important tool for boosting EU agriculture.

    Financial instruments are key tools to increase the leverage of the EAFRD. The Commission has worked closely with our bank, the European Investment Bank, to develop schemes that reflect the present and future needs of our farmers, foresters and related rural businesses.

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  • Thermal conditioning to increase quality parameters of EVOO

    Thermal conditioning of olive paste comes into the mill contributing to the increase in quality parameters of extra virgin olive oil.

    The Thermal Conditioning Module consists in a highly efficient tubular heat exchanger installed in the line after the crusher, able to bring down the olive paste temperature immediately before sending it to malaxer for gradual heating and consequent release of oil.

    During the last few decades Institutions, International organizations and producers have made a major effort to increase consumers’ awareness of Extra Virgin Olive Oil culture, taste quality and health benefits. Simultaneously, the olive oil industry had increased its interest in quality production, fruit selection and differentiation of characteristics in order to satisfy the widest range of consumers and also gain new potential markets.

    As is deeply demonstrated in the literature, the fundamental basis to produce excellent olive oil quality and differentiate his characteristics, are in the olive fruit and in particular in healthy fruit at the right stage of ripeness at harvesting. That knowledge helps to move ahead of time year by year the milling period with respect to the usual traditional beliefs of the past. Looking at quality production and moving ahead of time the mill processing period brings the harvest climate closer and closer to the outdoor autumn temperature as opposed to the traditional outdoor winter temperature.

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