From the European Union comes the green light for the sowing in Italy of another 200 thousand hectares of land for an additional production of about 15 million quintals of corn for farms, of durum wheat for pasta and soft wheat for bread making, necessary to reduce the dependence on foreign countries after the surge in agricultural commodity prices.
This is what emerges from the analysis of Coldiretti at the summit with the Minister of Agricultural Policies, Stefano Patuanelli in reference to the European measures adopted to face the crisis due to the war in Ukraine with the cultivation of a further four million hectares in the EU to reduce the dependence on imports of the main agricultural products and production factors, which is putting the supply capacity in Italy and in the European Union in difficulty.
Among the most interested regions – underlines Coldiretti – there are Campania with 10,500 hectares, Lombardy with 11 thousand, Veneto with 12,300 hectares, Piedmont with 17,544 and Emilia-Romagna with 20,200. With the extraordinary interventions decided by the EU Commission, Italy can be guaranteed an additional production estimated by Coldiretti in about 15 million quintals of maize for farms, durum wheat for pasta and soft wheat for making bread. The 200 thousand hectares of new arable land are equivalent to just under half the surface of Molise.
A quantity that, according to Coldiretti, in the medium term is a quantity that can increase at least five times with the cultivation of one million hectares left fallow due to insufficient profitability, to attacks by wildlife and due to the drought that it must be fought with structural investments to create small reservoirs that allow the conservation and redistribution of water.
The new arable land is part of an anti-crisis plan for agriculture approved by the European Commission. Half a billion euros for the support of agricultural producers most affected by the consequences of the war in Ukraine: for Italy it will be 48.116 million. More advances of direct payments and rural development measures relating to the area and animals, to farmers from 16 October 2022. Support for the pigmeat market given the particularly difficult situation in the sector. Temporary derogation to allow the production of crops for food and feed purposes on uncultivated land, while maintaining the full level of the greening payment for farmers: objective, to expand production capacity despite the limited availability of fertile land. Finally, temporary flexibilities with respect to existing import requirements for feed will help alleviate the pressure on the feed market. These are the exceptional measures taken by the European Commission today.