Italian agricultural food is increasingly organic and now the same can be said of that offered by Marche. This is what has been noted by Nomisma, which this morning submitted a focus on the development of organic farming under the scope of a congress on the bio chain of Marche, by the Istituto Marchigiano di Enogastronomia (IME). The picture that emerges (on the basis of the data offered by Sinab, the national information system on organic farming) is one of a region in the forefront in the race to bio, with an increase in surface areas of 24.4% on the previous year (+20% nationwide), and an incidence on land cultivated that is well above average, with 17.5% as compared with the Italian 14.5%. That of Italy has been a real boom, confirming it as the world’s second most important exporter and one that benefits from the region of Central Italy as an important ally, with its large and small agricultural food businesses able to compete on the main world markets. Marche – according to 2016 data – is the third most important region in terms of density of organic farms (5.9%) out of total farms, behind only Calabria and Tuscany, and 7th in the ratio of agricultural land used to organic practices. “In the last 5 years” – said Alberto Mazzoni, Director of Istituto Marchigiano di Enogastronomia, which brings together much of the region’s agricultural food industry under a single brand – “we have recorded an important evolution of many of our crops: organic cereals have grown, for example, by 93%, vegetables by 247%, industrial crops by 57% and vines – which is fourth in the country’s ranking – by 47%. Then there is poultry, which on a national level has grown by 65%. It is an important step, also in terms of marketing, in a region that is enjoying increasing appreciation in terms of quality perceived; and it is no coincidence if, precisely thanks to organic and on the basis of vine-growing experience, the great pasta, meat, wine and cereal companies have decided, for the first time ever, to team up through the newborn food and wine institute”. For the Director of Nomisma agricultural food, Denis Pantini: “Marche agricultural food can play a key role in the range of organic products, also relying on the unique environmental and landscape features, along with the good reputation enjoyed by the territory. An extra weapon – that of organic production – able to intercept the current market opportunities and allow a production fabric made up mainly of small businesses to guarantee itself long-term economic sustainability”.
“More than ever before, the organic match is played out on the land of knowledge” – said Elena Viganò, associate professor at Carlo Bo University of Urbino – “and it will be essential to support research and teaching activities in line with the systemic vision of the agricultural-ecological model. Hence the choice to organise the permanent training course on organic farming at Urbino University, of which the second edition will start up again this coming October, based on a multidisciplinary approach and a blend of scientific knowledge and experience”.
Tracing out the scenarios and prospects for green agricultural food in Marche, today at the IME Sana congress, the main players of the regional organic sector also attended, including Roberta Fileni, Marketing and Communication Manager for the Group by the same name, Italian and European leaders in the production of organic poultry; Francesco Torriani, Chairman of the Consorzio Marche Biologiche, who represents a total of around 300 producers; and Giorgio Savini, Chairman of the Consorzio Vini Piceni, which numbers two thirds of its members now involved in organic production.