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The restart of the market, fundamental, and the aid for the massive damage caused to the Italian vineyard by the frosts of recent days, are very important: these are two of the main thoughts that in these days crowd the minds of Italian producers, still called to counter a pandemic Europe is struggling to get out, while it is now almost a memory in a good part of Asia, and is being overcome, thanks to vaccines, in the USA. But looking in perspective, there is another important issue, that of the management of viticultural potential, which calls into question the issue of authorizations for the planting of new vineyards and the replanting of new ones. This obviously requires investments and economic liquidity which, after a year of pandemic, is also a critical issue for wineries. And also for this reason, Confagricoltura has asked the Minister of Agriculture, Stefano Patuanelli, to extend the validity of the authorizations.
“Thanks to Minister Patuanelli for having officially brought to the attention of the European institutions, with the request for extraordinary Union interventions, the seriousness of the damage caused by the recent night frosts, in particular to the vineyards and fruit and vegetable production”, he said the president of Confagricoltura, Massimiliano Giansanti, about yesterday’s initiative in the videoconference of the Ministers of Agriculture of the European Union.
“The Commission – notes Confagricoltura – has undertaken to assess the situation in view of taking specific measures in favor of the Member States most affected. Among the requests we have already submitted to Minister Patuanelli – underlines Giansanti – is the extension of the validity of the authorizations for the planting and replanting of vineyard areas expiring this year. A request absolutely justified by the fact that the frosts have hit a sector already struggling with a difficult market situation caused by the pandemic, which has imposed repeated closures of the on-trade channel in the European Union and internationally. In this context – adds the president of Confagricoltura – the financial situation of the companies does not allow them to cope with the investments necessary for planting and replanting the vineyards. The extension is indispensable and amply justified “.
Yet another extremely practical aspect to manage for a wine entrepreneurial fabric facing an unprecedented scenario and, unfortunately, longer than expected. As well as other sectors of agriculture. For the fruit and vegetable sector, for example, “Confagricoltura supported the request of Copa-Cogeca, which brings together the agricultural and cooperation organizations of the Member States, to extend the flexibility measures, already launched last year, to make the action of producer associations. In the immediate future – concludes Giansanti – our commitment is aimed at giving the necessary and rapid support to farmers affected by the frosts. We have also started to reflect on a new system for the prevention and management of natural disasters, capable of ensuring innovative and more effective solutions for farmers in the face of climate change ”.

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