In the latest Europatat Newsletter published today, the Secretariat says that as the COVID-19 is spreading through Europe, and on top of the terrible human component and personal challenges that the outbreak is causing, there is also an unprecedented widespread disruption to businesses around the world, and not least to companies involved in the trade of agricultural products.
Following the emergency measures taken by EU Member States, agri-food business are reporting increasing difficulties in their daily operations.
The Europatat Secretariat says the potato sector faces a difficult time and the organization is active in supporting members, notably:
- Europatat monitors the situation and informs members of any developments via targeted email-alerts.
- Europatat sent a letter to Janusz Wojciechowski, EU Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, in view of the EU Agriculture and Fisheries Ministries informal meeting on the impact of COVID-19 on food supply chain that took place on Wednesday 25 March.
- Europatat was contacted by DG AGRICULTURE to follow up on the information provided in view to find solutions to support the potato sector and alleviate the situation.
The Europatat Congress 2020, scheduled to take place on 11 and 12 June in Brussels, has been cancelled. The next Europatat Congress will take place on 30 and 31 May 2021 in Dublin, Ireland, within the framework of the World Potato Congress, which will gather 1,000 participants from all across the globe, including growers, researchers, producers, traders, processors and manufacturers. Read all the related information here.
Photo: Europatat’s Raquel Izquierdo de Santiago (left) and Berta Redonda (right)