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A crisis distillation, which involves only PDO and PGI wines, and which is practiced with reasonable prices and the reactivation of the storage of quality wines, with a more adequate financial endowment than last year, in order to be able to fulfill a greater number of requests: these are the two main support measures for the wine sector, proposed by Luca Rigotti, Wine Coordinator of Alleanza Cooperative Agroalimentari, in his speech in the Wine Table, today in video link with the Ministry of Agriculture, in the presence of the Undersecretary of State, Gian Marco Centinaio.
For the activation of these measures, according to the Cooperative Alliance, the resources allocated in the National Support Plan for the wine sector, already destined to finance other equally important and indispensable measures, must in no way be used. “Therefore, additional funds will have to be found – said Rigotti – which we will try to find primarily in the community, but without excluding an intervention at the national level”.
Another fundamental issue, for the Cooperation, is that of the production yields of common wines, a question, declared Rigotti, “which is very close to the heart of the cooperative world, which represents, among others, production realities of the wine-growing areas of the country in which common wines are produced that have proven to have their own market, solid and dynamic, without interfering with the territorial wines DOP and IGP “. The hope, Alleanza Cooperative underlines, is that the ministerial decree will allow the right level of income to be maintained, in accordance with the law, for producers who have invested in the segment of common wines.
Looking to the future, there is a strong need to carry out an institutional promotion campaign for Italian wine, in order to relaunch its consumption, with the possibility of also opening up to measures aimed at the European internal market, especially in this very difficult phase, and acceleration “on the implementation of a single national sustainability standard, because as a cooperation we believe in the validity of a tool that should become an element of distinctiveness and we hope that companies will soon be able to acquire a sign of recognition or a brand that certify their compliance with the principles of sustainability “. And again, as already requested by Confagricoltura to the Minister of Agriculture Stefano Patuanelli, the extension of the planting authorizations expiring in 2021 will be needed:
“It is necessary to extend the validity of the authorizations for the planting and replanting of vineyard areas expiring this year and which, unfortunately, the European Commission does not intend to grant”, said Rigotti.
“Many producers are unable to build the planned plants also due to a reduction in liquidity and, in addition to losing an important investment opportunity, they risk also being sanctioned for not respecting the three-year validity times of the authorizations”. To collect the requests of the Cooperation and the whole wine supply chain, as mentioned, was the Undersecretary for Agricultural Policies, with responsibility for wine (and former Minister of Agricultural Policies) Gian Marco Centinaio: “I am convinced that wine is the spearhead of the agri-food sector of our country, and that it is able to drive all the made in Italy – said Centinaio – just as I believe that a large part of the tourism that will arrive in the near future will be able to be linked to this sector. Given the economic and social situation we are experiencing, I will put all possible effort. And those who know me know that if I make a commitment, I try to carry it to the end. The priority now is to solve problems, then we will have the opportunity to plan. I will focus on interventions that concern three macro sectors: aid to businesses, promotion in Italy and abroad, simplification and de-bureaucracy. I plan to update this table on measures and projects as soon as possible. It is time to roll up your sleeves and work to give the sector answers as quickly as possible ”.


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