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ITALY: Puglia Invests in Early Detection of Olive Tree Diseases and Pests

ITALY: Puglia Invests in Early Detection of Olive Tree Diseases and Pests | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

Le blocage, pendant plusieurs jours, du canal de Suez par le porte-conteneurs Ever Given a suscité beaucoup de commentaires, à propos du gigantisme des navires de commerce, symboles pour certains des excès d’une mondialisation à défaire. Si les chaînes de valeur méritent d’être rétrécies et que la relocalisation de certaines productions permettrait de réduire des vulnérabilités commerciales, il n’en demeure pas moins que les échanges internationaux restent nécessaires. Cela vaut dans le domaine agricole et alimentaire, où le rôle de la mer doit être souligné.

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ITALY: Apulian Producers Call for More Government Support for Olive Oil Sector

ITALY: Apulian Producers Call for More Government Support for Olive Oil Sector | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

Olive oil pro­duc­tion in Puglia has grown by 21 per­cent over the past decade despite a seem­ingly end­less bar­rage of chal­lenges.
Still, farm­ers in the south­west­ern Italian region, which accounts for more than half of Italy’s over­all pro­duc­tion, believe they would have fared much bet­ter if local and national author­i­ties had imple­mented a wide and thought­ful strate­gic vision for the devel­op­ment of the sec­tor.

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ITALY: On Shores of Lake Garda, Volunteers Harvest Abandoned Trees for Charity

ITALY: On Shores of Lake Garda, Volunteers Harvest Abandoned Trees for Charity | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it
Volunteers in Toscolano Maderno are demonstrating the economic and social value of abandoned olive trees.

Abandoned olive groves in the hills that surround Lake Garda, in northern Italy, are being recovered by a group of volunteers.

Isolated orchards and even scattered trees, many of which are survivors of old olive groves that were destroyed to make way for construction projects, are being harvested by the volunteers.

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ITALY: Nutri-Score Will Damage Olive Oil Trade, Italian Producers Argue

ITALY: Nutri-Score Will Damage Olive Oil Trade, Italian Producers Argue | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it
Trade groups fear the widespread implementation of the Nutri-Score nutrition label will dilute the messages about extra virgin olive oil’s health benefits and hurt Italian producers.

Italian extra virgin olive oil producers do not believe that the French-born Nutri-Score front-of-pack label (FOPL) helps European consumers understand the benefits of adhering to an extra virgin olive oil-based Mediterranean diet.

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ITALY: Formally Adopts Nutrinform Labeling System

ITALY: Formally Adopts Nutrinform Labeling System | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

The Nutrinform Battery has now become the offi­cial Italian alter­na­tive to the French-based Nutri-Score food clas­si­fi­ca­tion sys­tem. The Italian Minister of Agriculture Teresa Bellanova signed the act that will allow food pro­duc­ers, includ­ing olive oil bot­tlers, to place the Nutrinform label on their prod­ucts.

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Italy: Signs of Life Among Puglia’s Xylella-Ravaged Groves

Italy: Signs of Life Among Puglia’s Xylella-Ravaged Groves | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

Olive grow­ers are cel­e­brat­ing ​“a sign of hope and rebirth” after har­vest­ing healthy olives from trees recently rein­tro­duced to the Xylella fas­tidiosa-rav­aged region of Puglia.
Farmers from Casarano, a com­mune located close to Lecce at the heel of Italy’s boot, have har­vested olives from their two-year-old trees belong­ing to the Favolosa cul­ti­var (or Fs-17).

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Italy: Early Estimates Point to Lower Production

Italy: Early Estimates Point to Lower Production | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it
As the harvest gets underway in Sicily, three of Italy’s main agricultural organizations estimate this year’s olive oil harvest will be earlier and smaller than last year.

"The choice of many farmers to proceed with an early harvest in 2020 because of the climate conditions means priority must be given to the quality of the product, not to its quantity." David Granieri, president, Unaprol

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Migrants' contribution to Italian development is rarely reflected in national narrative. That has to change

Migrants' contribution to Italian development is rarely reflected in national narrative. That has to change | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it
Interview with Emanuela Del Re, Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. Italian scholar, sociologist, she is an expert in Conflict Studies, Migrations, Refugee Issues, Minorities, Religious Phenomena.
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COVID-19 Inflicts €2 Billion of Losses on Italian Olive Oil Sector

COVID-19 Inflicts €2 Billion of Losses on Italian Olive Oil Sector | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

Italy’s major farmers association attributes the bulk of losses to the shutdown of the nation’s foodservice sector during the pandemic and a precipitous drop in tourism..

The Ital­ian olive oil sec­tor has lost €2 bil­lion ($2.25 bil­lion) dur­ing the months of the COVID-19 lock­down, accord­ing to the Ital­ian farm­ers’ asso­ci­a­tion, Coldiretti.

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Southern Italy - Xylella Update: Spread Continues Amid Calls for Swift Action

Southern Italy - Xylella Update: Spread Continues Amid Calls for Swift Action | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

The lat­est Xylella fas­tidiosa out­break in Puglia showed how eas­ily the bac­te­ria spreads beyond the already iden­ti­fied areas of con­tain­ment and obser­va­tion.
"We need to change the approach and inten­sify both pre­ven­tion and inter­ven­tion activ­i­ties." - Coldiretti, Ital­ian Farm­ers’ Asso­ci­a­tion

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For Some Italians, the Future of Work Looks Like the Past

For Some Italians, the Future of Work Looks Like the Past | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

As the coronavirus drastically reorders society and economies, more Italians are returning to the agricultural jobs of their grandparents.

CORCOLLE, Italy — On a small farm outside Rome, workers crouched in the corridors of a cornfield and tended to stalks for the coming harvest. The ones from Morocco, Romania and Nigeria knew exactly what to do. It was the new Italian hires who needed help.

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Italy: Sales Slump, Drought, Hit Already Struggling Sicilian Farmers

Italy: Sales Slump, Drought, Hit Already Struggling Sicilian Farmers | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

After seven weeks of a lock­down, things aren’t get­ting any eas­ier for Sicil­ian farm­ers. Now they face two new adver­saries: a sales slump and a drought. Olive oil sales, in gen­eral, have been robust dur­ing the COVID-19 lock­down, but this has not ben­e­fited pro­duc­ers of Sicil­ian extra vir­gin olive oil. Con­sumers are leav­ing their prod­ucts on the shelves in favour of cheaper blends made from imported oils, mostly from Spain and Tunisia.

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Italy: Crops rot as Italian farmers hit by COVID-19, drought

Italy: Crops rot as Italian farmers hit by COVID-19, drought | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

FASANO, Italy: Floriana Fanizza gazes desolately at her celery crop, lost to the coronavirus because it could not be harvested.
Italian farmers are being brought to their knees by a six-week lockdown aimed at stopping a deadly epidemic in its tracks. They are also suffering a drought caused by the driest spring in more than half a century.

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ITALIAN Olive Sector Must Focus on Quality for Future Success, Report Finds

ITALIAN Olive Sector Must Focus on Quality for Future Success, Report Finds | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it
A lack of cooperation throughout the sector is hurting producers’ bottom lines, according to an agricultural institute study.

The Italian olive sector lags largely below its potential because of the lack of a shared vision and solid data upon which the future of the industry should be developed, according to the latest report from the Institute for Services to the Agricultural Market (Ismea).

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ITALY: Consumption, Exports of Italian PDOs and PGIs Keep Growing

ITALY: Consumption, Exports of Italian PDOs and PGIs Keep Growing | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

Exports of Italian extra vir­gin olive oils with a Protected Designation of Origin (PDO or DOP) and Protected Geographical Indicator (PGI or IGP) increased by 55 per­cent over the last five years, ris­ing from €40 to €62 million.
Annual con­sump­tion of oils with pro­tected geo­graph­i­cal indi­ca­tions in Italy also increased by 28 per­cent, reach­ing almost €150 million.

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ITALY: New Insights Into the World’s Oldest Bottle of Olive Oil

ITALY: New Insights Into the World’s Oldest Bottle of Olive Oil | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

After a series of studies, researchers were able to confirm the content of a bottle found at an archaeological site near Mount Vesuvius was indeed olive oil. The discovery sheds light on the oil's molecular evolution over time.

 
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ITALY: Experts Offer Advice for Olive Growers Combating the Fruit Fly

ITALY: Experts Offer Advice for Olive Growers Combating the Fruit Fly | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

The Tuscan Regional Phytosanitary Service has released tech­ni­cal guide­lines for mon­i­tor­ing and con­trol­ling the olive fruit fly pop­u­la­tion by grow­ers and tech­ni­cians work­ing on organic and inte­grated farms.
Considered one of the most harm­ful olive tree pests due to the dam­age they cause to both the quan­tity and qual­ity of the fruit, this dipter­ous insect is found in the Mediterranean basin, South Africa, Central and South America, China, Australia and the U.S.

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Italy's olive oil production drops by a quarter as 'tree leprosy' takes toll

Italy's olive oil production drops by a quarter as 'tree leprosy' takes toll | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

Italy’s southern orchards have been affected by hailstorms, drought and the Xylella bacteria.

Italy, the world’s second-largest exporter of olive oil, has seen output drop by a quarter this year, an agricultural lobby said, due to bad weather and a deadly bacteria.

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Italy: Xylella Outbreak in Apulian Buffer Zone Puts Millenary Trees at Risk

Italy: Xylella Outbreak in Apulian Buffer Zone Puts Millenary Trees at Risk | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

One of the most rel­e­vant olive oil pro­duc­ing areas in the south­ern Italian region of Puglia is once again under the attack from Xylella fas­tidiosa.
A new out­break of the deadly plant pathogen has been dis­cov­ered by the Italian author­i­ties in sev­eral olive trees close to Monopoli, in what is con­sid­ered the epi­demic buffer zone, a crit­i­cal mon­i­tor­ing area located between the infected and the safe zones.

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Italy: Bad Weather Ahead of Harvest Dampens Spirits of Olive Oil Producers

Italy: Bad Weather Ahead of Harvest Dampens Spirits of Olive Oil Producers | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

Heavy rains, hail­storms and other extreme weather events have wreaked havoc in Italy over the past few weeks, caus­ing severe dam­age to olive trees, grape vines and a num­ber of other crops.
In the north of the coun­try, thou­sands of olive trees have been dam­aged by strong storms. Citing data pro­vided by the European Severe Weather Database (ESWD), the Italian farm­ing asso­ci­a­tion, Coldiretti, said that the coun­try has expe­ri­enced up to nine storms per day, severely impact­ing many farm­ing oper­a­tions across the coun­try.

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Italy: Worker Shortages Problematic for Italian Farms as Harvest Nears

Italy: Worker Shortages Problematic for Italian Farms as Harvest Nears | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it
The usual influx of seasonal workers who come to harvest apples, grapes and olives in Italy has been interrupted. Travel restrictions related to COVID-19 has politicians and farmers worried that key crops will not be picked in time.
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Italy: Decline in Exports Add to Troubles for Puglian Producers

Italy: Decline in Exports Add to Troubles for Puglian Producers | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

The many chal­lenges olive oil pro­duc­ers are cur­rently fac­ing in South­ern Italy have reached a new high: offi­cial data show a rel­e­vant slow­down in olive oil export from the Puglia region in the first three months of the year. Although they do not come as a sur­prise given the con­di­tions of the inter­na­tional mar­ket in the COVID-19 era, the new fig­ures alarm grow­ers.

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Abandoned Farm Auctions Attract a New Generation of Italian Farmers

Abandoned Farm Auctions Attract a New Generation of Italian Farmers | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

Italy’s Bank of the Lands and Ismea, the Insti­tute of Ser­vices for the Agri­cul­tural Food Mar­ket, have raised much more atten­tion than they expected from young farm­ers seek­ing lands and busi­nesses to cul­ti­vate.
Ismea, the insti­tu­tion behind the ini­tia­tive, noted that in the last few months, 1,709 of what are called ​“new gen­er­a­tion farm­ers” have applied to buy farm­ing lots, groves and fields placed on the mar­ket by the bank.

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Lockdown Extension Adds to Setbacks for Italian Producers

Lockdown Extension Adds to Setbacks for Italian Producers | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it
The extension, in an area that was mostly spared by the virus outbreak that ran wild in northern Italy, has prompted local institutions to call on the central government to let their region set its own course of economic recovery.
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Italy’s all too revealing call for regularising migrant labour

Italy’s all too revealing call for regularising migrant labour | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it
Across Italy, African workers living in rural ghettoes, most of them without work, have been left to fend for themselves without even basic protection against Covid-19. In the province of Foggia, thousands of African workers still live in and around the demolished encampment of Borgo Mezzanone, without safety equipment such as masks and disinfectants. The workers’ union USB recently launched a fundraiser to purchase basic necessities and protective equipment to be distributed in the ghettoes in Foggia and Calabria.
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