Even in 2020, areas, operators and organic consumption are still growing but “the rate of increase in organic UAA has turned out to be lower than that of the major EU countries” and “considering that now the priority choices of the National Strategic Plan of CAP post 2022 that will determine the development of the agricultural and food sector for the next ten years, is the ideal time to intervene and fill the growth gap with other countries. For this reason, immediate approval of the organic law is essential in order to have all the necessary tools available, starting with the Action Plan ”, explains Maria Grazia Mammuccini, president of FederBio. commenting on the analyzes presented at the 33rd edition of SANA.
The INAB report for the Mipaaf confirms that the organic surface in 2020 increased compared to the previous year by +5.1 percentage points, however showing a more modest development trend compared to the major European countries. The land cultivated organically has currently exceeded 2.1 million hectares. At the same time, operators increased (+ 1.3%) reaching 81,731 units.
The market is also doing well. According to data from the SANA Observatory, promoted by Bologna Fiere and curated by Nomisma, in 2021 (year ending in July) domestic consumption recorded a 5% growth compared to the previous year. Spending by Italian families amounted to € 4.6 billion: 9 out of 10 families purchased at least one organic product in the current year. In the last ten years, domestic consumption has increased by 133%. There was a notable increase in exports which, again in the last year, increased by 11%, reaching € 2.9 billion, with a growth of 156% in the last ten years. Italy is in second place for exports after the United States.
Are you all right then? Agricultural organizations are calling for the “urgent” approval of the organic law. “In a country like Italy, which is a leader in Europe in the number of companies engaged in organic farming, the national law must be approved immediately, which also provides for the introduction of a brand for Italian organic products to mark only the products as 100% Made in Italy. obtained from national raw materials »affirms president Coldiretti Ettore Prandini.
For Francesco Torriani, coordinator of the organic sector of the Alliance of Agri-food Cooperatives, “some recent decisions of the European Commission in the field of organic agriculture are strengthening the network logic, with policies designed to favor the supply chain if the demand for products is not supported organic with incisive promotional actions, any Community political strategy in favor of the supply chains may not have the desired results ».