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Italy: Organic tomato production doubled over two years

From the 1,316 hectares of 2015 to the 2,310.22 of 2017 - crops of organic tomatoes destined to the processing industry have almost doubled in northern Italy. This trend confirms the increasing demand for organic products, which was discussed during the convention organised by interbranch organisation Pomodoro da Industria del Nord Italia during Tomato World.

2017 data illustrated by technician Lorenzo Mantelli shows that the 2,310 hectares of organic crops make up 6.6% of the overall 34,932 in northern Italy. The remaining share of non-organic tomatoes are cultivated with integrated techniques, meaning the produce is not only of high quality, but it is also healthy and sustainable. In 2017, twenty processing businesses in northern Italy processed 162,619 tons with yields of 69 tons per hectare. 

The speakers at the convention. Left to right: Gorino Lupi, Paolo Gazza, Guido Conforti, Giuseppe Romanini, Tiberio Rabboni, Lorenzo Mantelli, Gabriele Canali, Francesco Scocozza and Marzio Andrea Olgiati

Organic crops in Northern Italy

The leading producer province is Ferrara with 1500.07 hectares. It is followed by Ravenna (350.25), Parma (184.41), Piacenza (76.43), Reggio Emilia (45.83), Mantua (37.47), Bologna (35), Verona (25.94), Cremona (16.41) and other provinces for 38.41 hectares in total. 

Tiberio Rabboni, President of Pomodoro da Industria del Nord Italia

The Organic reliability charter introduced by President Rabboni
"The organic market is growing and will continue to do so. A cultural factor is at the basis of this, as lifestyles are changing and people are increasingly careful about what they eat. The only problem might be false organic products, as a few incidents are all it takes to undermine the credibility of an entire sector," commented Tiberio Rabboni, President of Pomodoro da Industria del Nord Italia.

"This is why supplies need to be reliable. The organic industry tomato sector in northern Italy can already guarantee additional checks, inspections and analyses unlike any other in Italy and abroad. People rarely know about it, though. This is why we thought about a Reliability charter to illustrate everything."

"The Charter will draw attention to our sector. Producers and processing companies define the quantities of organic produce beforehand and make sure the productions fully comply with organic growing specifications. In addition, inspections and analyses are performed throughout the chain. Much more than what is needed to obtain the European certification."

Publication date: 12/7/2017



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