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Information: Ramo Grande cattle breed, native to the Azores, is the first to apply genomic selection nationwide
The Regional Director for Agriculture revealed that the Ramo Grande cattle breed, native to the Azores, is a pioneer in the application of genomic selection nationwide, an extremely important step to preserve the future of a genetic heritage with unparalleled historical, social and cultural importance. “This major step that is now being taken is intended to achieve more promising results in... more >>

Information: Regional Government supports farmers promoting animal welfare in farms
The Regional Director for Agriculture stated that the Regional Government supported last year 172 emergency cattle slaughters in farms located on five islands of the archipelago, thus safeguarding animal welfare and minimising farmers' losses. “These animals could not be transported to the slaughterhouses due to their frail health conditions as result of injury or illness causing pain and su... more >>

Information: Regional Government joins international project to improve competitiveness of agricultural and craft markets
The Regional Secretariat for Agriculture and Forestry, through the Regional Directorate for Agriculture, has signed a cooperation agreement with entities from Madeira, Canary Islands and Senegal with a view to implementing the “Mercamarkt” project. It is intended to improve the competitiveness of agricultural markets as well as to boost sales of local products. This project, which tak... more >>

Information: Regional Government implemented agricultural plastic collection system on São Jorge Island
The Regional Government has already implemented an agricultural plastic collection system on the island of São Jorge, providing several containers throughout the two municipalities of that island. This measure complies with the decision taken by the Council of the Government in January as part of the Government's statutory visit to São Jorge. The Regional Directorate for Agriculture has... more >>

Information: Commitment to innovation is essential to increase efficiency and competitiveness of dairy farms, says Regional Director for Agriculture
The Regional Director for Agriculture, José Élio Ventura, stated on São Miguel Island that the implementation of innovative measures in the milk sector, as recommended by the "Dairy 4 Future" European project, which the Azores have joined, is an essential component to increase the efficiency and competitiveness of dairy farms. "In practice, this project will involve several pilot fa... more >>

Information: Honey production in the Azores generates annual revenue of one million Euros, says Regional Director for Agriculture
The Regional Director for Agriculture, José Élio Ventura, stated that more than 100 tonnes of honey are annually produced in the Azores, generating revenue of about one million Euros with the sale of honey, wax and royal jelly, among other products. "The figures speak for themselves and evidence the economic importance of beekeeping in the Region, a sector with room to grow in the archi... more >>

Information: Azorean dairy farms participate in European project to identify innovative practices
The Regional Director for Agriculture stated on Terceira Island that the "Dairy4Future" project, which includes the Azores, is an important moment for the identification of innovative practices in dairy farms at European level as well as for the exchange of knowledge among producers. "This project will involve seven farms from Terceira and eight from São Miguel. It is intended to foster the e... more >>

Information: Regional Government available to foster development of coffee production
The Regional Director for Agriculture stated on Terceira Island that the Regional Government is available to help coffee producers to study and assess the introduction of new plant varieties with the aim of fostering the development of a new crop in the Region. "Our soil and climate conditions and our volcanic soils are decisive factors for the production of unique coffee in the Azores, which we ... more >>

Information: Certification of slaughterhouses is another contribution to enhancing Azores meat, says Regional Director for Agriculture
The Regional Director for Agriculture stated on Terceira Island that the certification of Azorean slaughterhouses to the ISO 22000 food quality and safety standard is another contribution to enhancing meat and leveraging the competitiveness of this sector. "This certification will ensure the standardisation of regional slaughterhouses in terms of food safety, hygiene and good processing practices,... more >>

Information: Regional Government already approved 90% of applications for aid to crop losses due to drought
The Regional Director for Agriculture announced on Terceira the approval of 90% of the 1,410 applications submitted for aid to crop losses, namely forage maize and horticultural crops, as a result of the drought that hit the Azores last year. "The aid payments for crop losses is taking place in due course and, so far, the Government has already granted more than 1.2 million Euros. It is expected t... more >>

 
     
 
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