support for food savings to deal with the crisis

Coldiretti Vercelli-Biella: support for food savings to deal with the crisis

Coldiretti’s anti-crisis plan approved by the government

Renegotiation and restructuring of 25-year mortgage loans with free Ismea guarantee, 20% tax credit for the reduction of the cost of diesel fuel for fishing and agriculture, 35 million for supply chains in crisis intended for the Fund business development and support and on free to natural fertilizers such as digestate produced on farms to address the lack of chemical fertilizers. These are the measures of the anti-crisis mobilization plan of the Coldiretti, contained in the provision launched by the Government to deal with the emergency of the agricultural sector with budgets in crisis with 8 billion additional costs in animal feed, fertilizers, energy.

Since the start of the conflict, there has been an average jump of at least 1/3 in agricultural production costs due to the direct and indirect effects of energy prices with record values ​​for certain products: +170% fertilizer, + 80% energy and + 50% animal feed, which are hitting hard at companies forced to sell below production costs. The measures launched serve to ensure the survival of companies with cash, the reduction of energy costs but also with direct aid to the most suffering sectors, without forgetting the need to face the difficulties caused by the shortage of 40% of fertilizers needed to ensure land productivity. The green light to digestate represents a fundamental opportunity that strengthens the capacity of the agricultural sector to produce energy with agricultural biomethane, whose process fueled by waste and waste from agri-food chains provides valuable fertilizing materials.

“In a situation where, at the national level, one farm in three (32%) is forced to abandon sowing, the measures adopted – underline Paolo Dellarole, Chairman of Coldiretti Vercelli-Biella, e Francesca Toscani, Director – they are important to reverse the trend and not close the surviving farms and breedings, but we must plan for the future with the possibility granted by the European Union to use the approximately 20,000 hectares of fallow land in the region for next spring’s sowing and increase production to respond to the invitation of the Heads of State to defend food sovereignty and to make Italy and Europe more self-sufficient from the point of view of food supply, in a period of great turbulence, always guaranteeing high supply safety standards. This is why it is necessary to invest to increase the production and yields of land with rainwater storage basins to combat drought and combat climate change”.

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