Fighters disturbing cows' dalliance
While it may seem a joke at first glance, a farmer located near the Ämari air base lost thousands of euros due to stress caused in his animals by low-flying fighter jets.
25.11.2016, Helen MihelsonPM
The vital Farmers and Weather partnership
According to Ott Läänements of Avispeamees OÜ in Avispea Village, a farmer's risks are three: the weather, the market and the politics. This year, the trio attacks in one accord.
18.08.2016, Liina Kanarbik
ÜRO: maailmas süüakse inimese kohta rekordiliselt palju kala – esimest korda üle 20 kg (2)
Sealjuures söövad inimesed esimest korda ajaloos merest püütud kala asemel rohkem isekasvatatud kala.
07.07.2016, Riin AljasPM
Envelope wages increasingly in among country youngsters
Estonian tax system has lost close to 40,000 young people who do not pay taxes and are therefore not entitled to so-called free healthcare, according to Estonian Institute of Economic Research report published yesterday.
02.06.2016, Andres Reimer, RiiaPM
Editorial: the modern face of slavery
Nowadays, the word «slavery» is rather related to the dark times of the past when people had legal rights over others and lawfully owned the slaves.
Farming crisis paving way for milk from Poland
Farmers do not think current governmental measures suffice to crawl out of the crisis engulfing milk and pork industry these past few years. Rather, they foresee invasion of imports.
12.04.2016, Siiri LiivaPM
New budget head sees trouble ahead in economy of Estonia
As Estonia's veteran budget watchdog Andrus Säälik assumed post as permanent Estonian adviser at OECD in Paris, his chair in September was filled by Sven Kirsipuu with 18 years at finance ministry under his belt. Tomorrow, state budget undergoes its first reading at Riigikogu. To mark the occasion, we thought we'd ask him how Estonian economy is doing?
19.10.2015, Kadri HansaluPM
Picking potatoes no more
Baskets in hand, the family stood ready at field side this Sunday. Got to pick potatoes for the winter. The fellow from the village was there with his tractor, and for all us experienced ones it was basically a piece of cake.
22.09.2015, Aivar ReinapPM
Ministry makes ready for climate to change
In a few decades, climate change may plague Estonia with increased amounts of floods and storms, as well as hundreds of unnecessary deaths a year. The first step to adjust is to become aware.
22.09.2015, Helen MihelsonPM
SEB grants grace period to third of milk producers
Over a third of milk producing clients of SEB have applied for grace period regarding loan payments, and some are failing to even pay the interests.
15.09.2015, Nils NiitraPM
Editorial: something's gotta change
Patience is wearing thin, signalled farmers' protest at Toompea yesterday. can't go on like this. As costs keep exceeding income, unlike other businesses farmers lack the option to temporarily halt operations.
Tallinn rocked by farmer power
Addressing the protest rally in front of the parliament building yesterday, Tartu County farmers chief Jaan Sõrra vowed to spread dung across the castle front should governing politicians fail to deliver on EU support as promised.
15.09.2015, Andres Reimer, RiiaPM
Refugees, reforms, pigs, milk ...
Launching the fresh political season today, Riigikogu stands faced with problems at home and abroad. Not limited to the European refugee issues, heads of the factions think it important to progress with administrative/state reform, helping the farmers, and work capacity reform.
14.09.2015, Tuuli KochPM
The next hazard to hogs: human curiosity
Agriculture ministry says the public has overheated with interests towards African swine fever: journalists and others need to consider that by thronging near burial sites they endanger the swine that are well.
18.08.2015, Indrek MäePM
Bumper crop expected
If the weather stays fine, an excellent harvest is in store this year - equaling increased exports.
18.08.2015, Marge TubalkainPM
Editorial: cheese laid to rest
Last Thursday, massive and demonstrative imported food destroying action was launched in Russia against stuff falling under countersanctions category.
SEB: Estonia hit by housing price bubble
Estonians may enjoy consuming boom till entrepreneurs are able to produce ever more effectively, lift wages and keep unemployment rise in check, says SEB chief Allan Parik, who thinks that while sailing on thin ice in this crisis-smelling world, Estonian businessmen stand on secure foundations and have thus far managed to react correctly to changes in economic environment. Domestic consumption remains solid, unemployment is low, and entrepreneurs are showing strong competitiveness on the weak external markets. No near term solution is to be expected t the differences with Russia, and therefore it makes no sense inserting deals with them into business plans.
06.08.2015, Andres Reimer, RiiaPM
Killed pigs end up as energy
EU rules say kill all pigs infected with African fever and process all animal waste that results. In Estonia, this is the job of AS Vireen, state owned and under agriculture ministry domain.
31.07.2015, Indrek MäePM
Editorial: pigs dying, folks crying
Pity the pig farmers stricken by the plague. For a moment, let's restrain the epistles about what cold have been done better prevention wise. The fever is such a sad thing to happen... economically and emotionally, to owners and employees. As well as a warning to others.
ASF arrives in Estonia's Tartu County, 1,200 pigs to be killed
Estonia's Veterinary and Food Board discovered African swine fever (ASF) on a pig farm in Tartu County during a routine check and as a result 1,200 pigs are to be killed.
African fever nears big pig farm: hundreds of jobs in jeopardy
In in high likelihood, African swine fever has hit a few kilometers from Ekseko, the largest pig farm in Baltics. With restrictions applied, tens of thousands of swine might be killed and hundreds of staff laid off.
28.07.2015, Karl-Eduard SalumäePM
Kruuse plays hooky from EU Council
Rural life minister Urmas Kruuse is a rare sight at Council of the European Union: only once has he made it to a meeting to stand for Estonian agricultural interests.
27.07.2015, Helen MihelsonPM
Editorial: Ida-Virumaa in need of increased attention
In Kohtla-Järve, the fertilizer maker Nitrofert lays off all its 426 workers. Unemployment Insurance Fund says the redundant will be advised and assisted, and that the region has vacancies enough. So it's too bad... but not overly so.
Swine fever the new normal?
Estonia's initial domestic swine dead by African swine fever this weekend will hardly remain the last, as the virus will lurk the surrounding forests for 5 to 20 years.
22.07.2015, Oliver KundPM
African swine fever found in domestic pigs in Estonia's Viljandi, Valga counties
African swine fever has been found on two pig farms in Estonia's southern Viljandi County and on a farm in Valga County.
Interview with Ukrainian Minister of Agriculture Oleksiy Pavlenko
The following is the transcript of the interview Ukraine's Minister of Agriculture Oleksiy Pavlenko gave to BNS at the Agroforum Mare Balticum conference on April 15.
Feels like farmers have perhaps survived
Pan-Estonian survey shows farmers grew desperate during the winter but now, with spring in the air, milk seems to sell again.
26.02.2015, Andres Reimer, RiiaPM
Sanctions no big damage to EU
European Commission Deputy Secretary-General Henrik Hololei says repercussions from Russian sanctions do show most in EU agriculture, but financial indicators reveal technology to be worst affected.
11.11.2014, Tõnis OjaPM
Panel to vote on proposal that Estonian Vodka must be made in Estonia
An advisory committee for the Estonian Ministry of Agriculture is about to vote on a proposal according to which vodka bearing the geographical indication Estonian Vodka/Eesti Viin must be produced in Estonia from locally grown raw material and local water.
Editorial: the earnestly agricultured Estonian
As prices drop the farmers are getting the creeps. Already, some are on loan payments holiday granted by bankers. Should the low linger, next year will thin the weaklings out. Laying entire blame on Russian food ban ain’t right – global market went into decline long before Vladimir Putin had the idea to forbid Western groceries.
05.11.2014, Andres EinmannPM
Finland, Baltic countries to get support package for milk producers
European Union agriculture ministers have reached agreement in principle as regards a support package being put together for the dairy industries of the Baltic countries and Finland to help ease the impact of the Russian import restrictions, Finland's Minister of Agriculture Petteri Orpo said from Luxembourg on Monday.
Minister calls on bankers and traders to help producers
Banks and retail chains ready to extend helping hands towards Estonian farmers and food producers plagued by Russian sanctions.
13.08.2014, Andres Reimer, RiiaPM
Editorial: a shot in own foot
Not too long ago, in 2010, then President of Russian Federation Dmitri Medvedev paid a visit to USA. With colleague Barack Obama they rode into a hamburger stand in Virginia where the Russian head of state heartily bit into the symbol of American life: a fat white bread double-decker with steak, Cheddar cheese, onion, jalapeno-paprika and mushrooms. To say nothing about the inseparable Coca-Cola.
Blanket ban a cold shower for Estonian producers
Yesterday morning, as requested by president Vladimir Putin, Russian prime minister Dmitri Medvedev imposed import ban on Western beef, pork, fruits and vegetables, poultry, fish, milk and milk products.
08.08.2014, Kadri HansaluPM
Estonian minister of agriculture: pig plague is here
After a meeting with hunters and swine farmers yesterday, minister of agriculture Ivari Padar (SDE, soc dems) underlined the high likelihood of the African pig plague virus being already present in Estonia.
06.08.2014, Kadri HansaluPM
Pig plague threatened Estonia with emptiness of meat counters
Luckily for the stores, Veterinary Board decision to ban import of pork from Lithuania was overturned yesterday.
29.07.2014, Hanneli RudiPM
Estonia thinks to sue European Commission
In mid-May, European Commission halted almost €425,000 worth of European Fisheries Fund (EFF) payments to Estonia. According to agriculture ministry, the decision is unsubstantiated and they propose that government contest it in European Court of Justice.
09.07.2014, Kadri InselbergPM
Editorial: Baltic Sea state – to weep, or not to weep?
The headlines shouting about sad state of Baltic Sea have kept popping up for decades. The condition of it, in the shouts, takes turns between being troublesome, terrifying, and ... By now, we may say the threats to Baltic Sea are rather well known. And, to protect it, a lot has been done.
Eutrophication: ugly word, awful effect
The word is enough to scare away a most dedicated reader. But hey, wait! The term does relate to our diet.
03.06.2014, Nils NiitraPM
Seeder sticks skeleton in closet of Padar
Helir-Valdor Seeder, Estonia’s until-recently agriculture minister convened a working group delving into one time (and incoming) colleague Ivari Padar era decisions, in September of 2013.
28.03.2014, Jaan ViljasPM
Editorial: the only constant is change
Those predicting labour market changes and deciding state orders to universities always seem to be preparing for the last war. Whatever the market needed yesterday, it may not need today; smaller yet the chance the need is there tomorrow. Still, this is an important question every spring as those about to graduate are thinking which sector would be their future.
Rejecting the sewing machine, Estonians embrace computers
In 2004, Estonia joined the European Union. Boosted by EU aid, our economic indicators started to even up with these of wealthy states. Over the ten years, a lot has changed in the Estonian life. What, then, has been the impact on economic structure? As attested by Statistical Office labour force studies: though more and more Estonians move from workbenches to office tables, the major employing sectors of economy remain the same.
27.03.2014, Kadri InselbergPM
Milk production increased for the fourth year in a row
According to the preliminary data of Statistics Estonia, the production of milk amounted to 762,300 tons in 2013, which is 6% more than a year earlier. The number of dairy cows did not change compared to the previous year, but milk production per cow increased.
Preliminary results of the Farm Structure Survey, 2013
According to Statistics Estonia, there were 19,200 agricultural holdings in Estonia on the basis of the preliminary results of the 2013 Farm Structure Survey. Compared to the 2010 Agricultural Census, their number has decreased by a few hundred.
Estonian agricultural producer prices up by fourth in Q2
The Estonian agricultural producer price index shot up by almost a fourth in annual comparison in the second quarter of this year, rising by 24 percent with the index for potatoes soaring two and a half times to 333.5 points, it appears from the figures released by Statistics Estonia on Monday.
Businessmen attracted by appreciating farmland
Rising demand for profit yielding land i.e. farmland has activated investors who see buying up land as a lucky chance to get rental money, afterwards selling the land off with multiple margins. Such business troubles the Minister of Agriculture.
17.04.2013, Gert Hankewitz, PostimeesPM
Value of Estonia's agricultural production totals EUR 886 mln last year
According to preliminary data for 2012, the value of Estonia's agricultural production increased by nearly a tenth, amounting to 885.8 million euros, it appears from the annual overview of the agricultural sector presented at the Ministry of Agriculture on Monday.