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Scorching heatwaves in Spain threaten olive oil production, says government minister

SPAIN'S Agriculture Minister, Luis Planas, says this summer's hot weather will dent this year's olive harvest if things don't change soon. Spain is the world's...

Farmers rejoice over big rainfall to boost vineyards and fruit growing on Spain’s Costa Blanca

FARMERS in Alicante Province have welcomed the recent big downpours that they claim have saved vineyards. The winter drought threatened crops but the heavy rain...

Farmers threatened by cheap imports use tractors to snarl up centre of Spain’s Valencia City

ANGRY farmers complaining about unfair competition caused by cheap non-EU imports took to the streets of Valencia City on Friday. Over 220 tractors led the...

Spain to convene Drought Committee ‘in next few days’

SPAIN is experiencing some of the worst droughts in the last 20 years, according to climate scientists. Water reserves in some regions in Spain are...

Water thieves use 12 kilometre-long pipe and pumping gear to illegally supply farms across Murcia area of Spain

A gang who hooked up an illegal water supply from a Murcia region well to irrigate farms has been busted by the Guardia Civil. Three...

IN PICS: Farmers take over Madrid streets to protest Spain’s agricultural policy

THE countryside came to Spain's capital on Sunday when thousands of farmers marched through Madrid’s main thoroughfares in a protest against the government’s agricultural...

Slurry bad news: Across Spain, dubious industrial and agricultural methods have continued to pollute this beautiful nation

A LEGION of politicians piled fury on Alberto Garzon’s comments about the quality of Spanish meat because he criticised their two most important loves:...

Las Tablas de Daimiel: How Spain’s precious wetlands have been sucked dry

THE unique wetlands, Las Tablas de Daimel, in the central plains of Castile-la Mancha, have nearly completely dried up over the past three years as its water has been re-routed for agricultural use.

How Spain’s Valencia region became the leader in organic farming

ORGANIC farming in Valencia has grown 81.2% in the past five years, more than anywhere else in Spain and exceeding Spain's average which is...

EU takes Spain to European Court for not stopping pollution of areas like the Mar Menor

SPAIN will have to answer to the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg over not doing enough to combat nitrate pollution in areas like...

A fruitful year for Andalucia as food exports top €5 billion

ANDALUCIA has exported more agricultural goods this year than ever before with sales reaching €5.9 billion in the first five months. The southern peninsula now...

BAD APPLE: Farmer in Spain’s Valencia investigated for exploiting 26 workers and housing them in ‘precarious and unsanitary’ conditions

A CITRUS fruit farmer in Picassent (Valencia) is being investigated by the Guardia Civil after he was found to be employing 26 workers without...

Investigators in Spain’s Valencia develop system to cut use of pesticides and ration water

A TEAM of Valencian scientists has developed a new system to diagnose crop infections that can greatly reduce the use of pesticides. The technology created...

Spain orders slaughter of cattle after months stranded in terrible conditions on ship at sea

SPAIN has ordered the slaughter of 1,610 young bulls which have been stranded aboard a livestock ship since December. The agriculture ministry on Monday said...

German student completes Spain to Scotland trek with her trusty Shetland Pony

A GERMAN student is on the verge of completing a mammoth trek across Europe to help raise awareness for climate change. Johanna Maria Wurtz is...

Spain’s Andalucia plans for an eco-revolution after coronavirus crisis exit

THERE may be an ecological silver lining to the COVID-19 crisis. Spain’s economy has suffered massively during the pandemic, with an expected 12.8% economic decline...

Hailstorms this spring devastate grape, orange and pomegranate crops by 40% in Spain’s Costa Blanca

DOWNPOURS across Spain’s Costa Blanca this spring have devastated crops by up to 40%, according to recent figures out this week. Throughout May and into...

Expat’s home-grown Utopia that aims to stop Andalucia’s desertification

THE Sierra de Grazalema sits nestled deep in western Andalucia, around 40 minutes from Ronda in the province of Cadiz. The 51 hectare area of...

COVID-19: Lack of migrant workers puts Spain’s supermarket fresh food stocks in jeopardy

This year, due to coronavirus and the closure of national borders, the agricultural industry has lost an estimated 75,000 workers

Spain’s 30 million caged egg-laying hens mean it is worst in EU for animal welfare

The EU average stands at just 52%, while other countries in the 28-member bloc, like Germany and the Netherlands have just 10% of their total eggs coming from furnished cages

Nine arrested over 11 separate forest fires in six different provinces in Spain

Police data has revealed that over the last 15 years almost all forest fires in Spain are in some way sparked by human activity

Andalucia bird sanctuary under threat from drought and wild boars

THOUSANDS of waterfowl are at risk in the Donana National Park due to a series of management blunders that are seeing eggs and chicks...

BEAST FROM THE EAST: Andalucia’s Christmas chestnut crops DESTROYED by wasp from China

SWEET chestnut harvests in Andalucia have been decimated by insects from the Far East this Christmas. The chestnut gall wasp from China is thought to...

OLIVE WATCHERS: Spain’s Civil Guard to make surprise visits to olive oil factories after weigh-in controversies

It will serve to dispel doubts that have always existed on the part of farmers who are going to weigh their fruit after a hard day of harvesting

HALLOWEEN: Spain is Europe’s leading pumpkin producer with 115,000 tonnes a year

Pumpkin sales spike around Halloween, where they are used for carving, a practice first thought to have been done by the Maori 700 years ago

Number of jobless in Spain rises to 3.47 million, new figures reveal

This means 7,255 people no longer have a job, bringing the total to 3.47 million people out of work.

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