The agricultural world Piacenza calls for adequate recognition in the supply chain

Real protection of income and hence economic, as well as ecological and ethical sustainability; greater dialogue and real balance within the agro-food supply chain. And again: support for young entrepreneurs, vocational training and a crucial mindset change on the issue of congestion and reservoirs, because in this case planning is fundamental and we can not just intervene in emergencies. Many questions came from the agricultural world (and not only) during the conference “Agriculture and gastronomy in Piacenza: from country to table” which took place at the Duse Theater Cortemaggiore under it traditional St Joseph’s Fair. In fact, representatives of the agricultural categories, the agricultural consortium, Grana Padano, the school and the restaurant and the senator intervened. Marco Centinaio, Deputy Secretary for Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policy. “Today here – he said – it is the entire supply chain connected to the territory which is the strength of our Made in Italy, which today expresses 52 billion euros in exports.”

Hundreds of called organizations to use the law on unfair practices, a regulation that awaits much of the Italian agricultural world in anticipation of reducing the gap between agricultural firms and the largest and most powerful commercial partners seeking to impose contractual practices or agreements to their own advantage in sales operations. He repeated his Criticism of the current CAP, penalized against a sector that feeds the Italians, in a Europe where the sector is almost ignored, with Commission President Ursula von der Leyen barely mentioning it in her programmatic speech. “I see a lot of hypocrisy – argued the Deputy Minister – we must give the whole supply chain a hand, because this primary activity must always be planned and we must not just pursue emergencies. We are working on organic national plan but the whole supply chain needs dialogue and not just about price but also and above all about strategies. But we have to start from the territories, because that guarantees quality. We must and can dream the world with our agro-food and all that that implies as values ​​”.

Coordinated by the Mayor of Cortemaggiore Luigi Merlithe various representatives have the floor, starting with the new president of the CIA Fabio Girometta. “The Italian agro-food industry has relocated too much and now emergencies have shown our production weaknesses.” Girometta criticizes the excessive use of logistics subtracting agricultural land, agricultural pensions that are too low and the income of citizens “because the right dignity is to work”. Fir Filippo GaspariniPresident of Confagricoltura Piacenza“The whole method of price formation needs to be reviewed, a weakness in agriculture that has never been resolved and dramatically highlighted by the dairy and tomato sector.”

“Farmers – he argues Davide Minardi Youth delegates Coldiretti Piacenza – they have to make an income if we want the young people who want to continue despite exponential costs and water problems “, concerns shared by the President of Terrepadane Marco Crotti after that «in addition to an increase in costs of 30%, the problem of tomato contract still needs to be solved, with the possibility of alternative crops that are currently profitable and that have less difficulty in production costs, such as sunflowers for example. A real shame for a production system, the Piacenza, which is very advanced in technology and which has to rely on an adequate price to maintain its quality, because there is no ecological sustainability, if there is no economic one ». “And it is for this reason – he reiterated” that it is essential to create reservoirs: water is another serious problem of choices that have not been made and this imminent crisis must be a spur to action. Winter crops are over 100 days old dry and the sowing and transplanting campaign is upon us.Immediate action is needed against a catastrophe that threatens a third of Italian foods.Exceptions are needed on the withdrawal of water for the benefit of agriculture and energy production and a pace and Change of mentality on the subject of dams and reservoirs “. Grana Padano – he recalls Giancarlo Pedretti President of the Sector Dairy of the Confcooperative Piacenza, as well as a member of the board of directors of the Consorzio del Grana Padano and president of the “Stallone” dairy in Villanova – is an excellence of the territory, which must face competition from similar products. The pandemic has pushed home consumption and therefore our quality, but it is essential to maintain the right balance between production and supply in order to maintain added value. The challenge for the future is that of economic, ethical and ecological sustainability, as well as that of animal protection. We are already virtuous about the energy consumption to which every citizen must do his part ”.

Emanuele Pisaroni President of the Piacenza Food Consortium recalls, with Asapora Piacenza, the Potential of e-commerce and reiterated that our exports will be 10% of sales in Europe and the US. “The consortium has the task of accompanying the internationalization of companies,” he said, recalling the upcoming events from Cibus in Parma to Sial in Paris, thanks to the support of Ice. The chef (with this title he wants to be called and not chef) Paco Zanobini he said “there is a lack of qualified staff. The sector could not read and interpret globalization; fashions are too much followed and there is ignorance about the food origins and raw materials that are made known to those who taste them. We we must ask ourselves to move forward, and remember that sustainability is well-being; the chefs must know the raw material, the territory, not violate the seasonality and train and educate by example. ”Finally, the teacher of” Raineri- Marcora ‘Agro-Food School Center Teresa Andena: «School is always the future and it is necessary for an interaction between competencies to take place if we want to keep the supply chain united. “Of course, training costs, such a technological update occurred, but it is essential for teaching, as well as maintaining close links with the world of work, because skills are acquired in this way, just as it is necessary to combine them with manual skills.” .

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