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To embrace the objectives of the “Farm to Fork” strategy, the ten-year plan developed by the European Community to guide the transition towards a fair, healthy and environmentally friendly food system for the vineyard of tomorrow, which will have to focus on environmental sustainability and the protection of biodiversity: here is “Fivi4Future – The winemakers cultivate research”, the initiative of the Italian Federation of Independent Winegrowers (Fivi), which focuses on the first objective, the 50% reduction of the use of pesticides within 2030. Through a research project in collaboration with the consultancy firm Perleuve of the agronomist Giovanni Bigot (the author of the Bigot index, which measures the quality of a vineyard) and with the University of Udine, which aims to increase the biodiversity of vineyards through the progressive elimination of synthetic insecticides, the reduction of organic insecticides and monitoring of beneficial organisms.

The project, lasting 3 years, foresees as a first phase the monitoring of pests and their antagonists in the vineyard. The information collected is then shared through the “4Grapes” app by the individual companies, and are useful for mapping at national level the presence of the main arthropods harmful to the vine, mites and useful insects, identifying intervention strategies with less impact and creating the foundations for a national system of data sharing among the Federation’s winemakers, who in these first 4 months of activity have joined this action, carrying out 3,912 surveys on 277 vineyards, controlling a total of 61,657 organizations. In addition to halving the use of plant protection products, further reducing those most harmful to the environment and human health, the European Union has identified three other fundamental objectives in the “Farm to Fork” program: to reduce the losses of substances in the soil by 50% and by 20% the use of fertilizers; reduce by 50% the sales of antimicrobials intended for farming and antibiotics for aquaculture, decreasing the risks due to antibiotic resistance; allocate 25% of agricultural land to organic farming.
“Fivi4Future wants to be a wide-ranging project: a sort of container for many actions, of which this on the reduction of insecticides is only the first – explains Gaetano Morella, vice president of Fivi (Independent Winegrowers) – In this case, the data collected will give us a picture of the situation throughout the country, giving companies the ability to understand if, how and when to intervene in the best way. A research promoted by the Winegrowers for the Winegrowers themselves, thanks to the collaboration with high-profile scientific partners. The goal of the entire project – concludes Morella – is to train the associates so that they can experience the transition of agriculture towards increasingly sustainable practices in an aware and responsible way “.

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