Normandy rural property prices have increased by 100% in the last 8 years.

Post Date: Jun 2008

Normandy rural property prices have increased by 100% in the last 8 years.

Average bare land prices as follows....

Calvados.................. 6,250 euros / ha

Manche....................4,790  euros /ha

Orne........................7,790  euros / ha

Champagne

35,000 ha are classed as appelation approved areas ..........but with 32,500 ha already planted

there are moves afoot to increase the villages from 317 to a 357 to actually produce more. With France consuming an average 4%  more per annum and countries such as India increasing imports by 126% there is an urgent need to be able to supply all customers. However land prices in Champagne area vary between 800,000 to 1,100,000 euros a hectare and some of the cereal land will be used for these new plantings ....... but this will not take place until 2015.......with the first harvests in 2017. Beware of Champagne prices?

Pig crisis ............consolidation of co-operatives in Brittany.... Initia   has amalgamated with Pigalys ....together their producers  will have 4.2 million head ..........................this is trying to stop the low prices, as an example farmers with a 200 sow herd are loosing 15,000 euros each month !

Australia  WOOLMARK ..... is managed by Pascal Senkoff(a Frenchman) .....who oversees the  Australian Wool Initiative to market wool on behalf of the 36,000 farmers in Oz.  420,000 tonnes is produced annually with the main buyers being the Chinese(60%) followed by Japan and the USA. He is moving to Tokyo to be nearer the buyers.

Pascal Senkoff is trying to increase sales now more dominated by cotton 30 % whereas wool has only 3% market share.

This is an uphill struggle as cotton and polyester are between 3 and 6 times cheaper........but he is banking on the natural appeal.

Horse racing on the beach at Jullouville(just south of Granville)..................every May...........2400 meter  circular track.

Spain.......did you know there are more than 300 varieties of bread. Consumption since 1964 has fallen from 134kgs per head to 54kgs in 2006.