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Already 50% of the crop processed in Northern Italy

23/08/2022 - Press release - 2022 Season
The 2022 tomato season: 50% has already been harvested in Northern Italy. Good quality and yields but negative impact of climatic anomalies. The commitment of the Emilia Romagna Region for irrigation and CAP measures.

The inter-professional organization OI Pomodoro da Industria Nord Italia met the Councilor for Agriculture of the Emilia-Romagna Region, Alessio Mammi, in Parma for an initial assessment of the progress of the 2022 campaign. The councilor was welcomed by the president Tiberio Rabboni and by the members of the profession. The visit then continued in Gragnano Trebbiense, Piacenza, at the Steriltom Srl company.
From left to right: OI Pomodoro Nord Italia Vice-Presidents Luigi Sidoli & Bruna Saviotti, Councilor for Agriculture of the Emilia-Romagna Region Alessio Mammi & OI Pomodoro Nord Italia President Tiberio Rabboni

The data of the tomato campaign
As of 23 August, just over 1,500,000 tonnes of raw material, equal to about 50% of the tomatoes in the field, had been delivered to the processing industries. The POs show good yields which, at the moment, are approaching 80 tonnes per hectare, a value much higher than the average of the last period. The brix and the level of defects are also better than the average for the period. The high temperatures of the second half of July and the first weeks of August accelerated the maturation of the fruits in the field. The harvest and processing campaign began a few days earlier than usual period and continued in the following weeks at a very high pace. Deliveries have reached the maximum that can be processed by industries of about 400,000 tonnes of tomatoes per week.

"The rains of last weekend - comments President Tiberio Rabboni - which, albeit belatedly, interrupted the least rainy and hottest summer ever, will probably contribute to a further acceleration of the ripening of tomatoes in the field and to peak deliveries to processing companies that are already working at full capacity ".

Drought and projects to increase irrigation availability
2022 has seen many negative climate records but it is not unlike previous years. - adds the president of OI Pomodoro Nord Italia - Unfortunately, climate change has deep roots and long-term projections and as such must be contrasted with global strategies and structural measures".

Also for this reason we ask the Emilia-Romagna Region, the region where 70% of the production of Northern Italy is concentrated, to support the sustainability objectives of the supply chain and to accompany it in the achievement of three essential goals for the purpose”.

The first goal is the adjustment of irrigation availability in the shortest possible time. “The deficiencies are well known but the remedies are also known. - explains Rabboni - The tomato supply chain therefore wants to know clearly the extent of public investments and what benefits they will produce".

The new national CAP 2023-2027 plan and the requests of the tomato supply chain
The second objective is the inclusion of tomato producers among the beneficiaries of Eco-Scheme 4 of the CAP 2023-2027 National Plan. As is well known, 25% of surface payments are reserved for the Eco-Schemes.

The third milestone is the approval of coupled aid for tomatoes in the CAP 2023-2027 National Strategic Plan.

The commitments of the regional councilor Alessio Mammi
The tomato supply chain represents the agri-food heart of the country for the quality and quantity of its production, but also for the value it generates in terms of employment and jobs. - declares Councilor Mammi - The Emilia Romagna Region will continue to support the supply chain with great strength and conviction, especially in this difficult time we are experiencing due to the increase in energy costs and climate change".

In relation to the requests of Rabboni and representatives of the supply chain, the councilor pointed out: "The drought afflicts us in an increasingly worrying way and must push us to increase irrigation infrastructures and the capacity to store and accumulate water. In fact, over the next five years we will make 913 million euros available to the agri-food sector. We are the first region in Italy to have had the 2021-22 transition rural development plan approved. There are 300 million euros of PNRR investments that will increase irrigation availability and in the next two years another 30 million euros of the RDP will be in favor of agricultural companies for the construction of consortium ponds. We also asked to finance the construction of new reservoirs".

Source: OI Pomodoro da Industria Nord Italia
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