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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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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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