The National Council of Food Districts has participated in the 14th edition of the Coppa d’Oro award, promoted by the Consorzio di Tutela Salumi DOP Piacentini, held last Saturday in Piacenza, choosing for its first official release, the national showcase dedicated to a product of agri-food excellence. “We were particularly pleased with the presence of the Council”, said Roberto Belli, vice-president of the Council of Food Districts and director of the Consortium for the protection of the PDO Piacentini Salami, “an opportunity to address issues related to the improvement of agri-food products that characterize our varied territory and generate affiliations, from Sicily to Veneto, passing through Sardinia; but also to talk about the tools, whether they are food districts, productive, quality, biodistricts and rural areas, necessary and extremely effective for our businesses and for the development of the territories”.
“These are tools which by their very constitution express a sense of belonging, built from below, collaborate with businesses and create cross-functionality with local authorities, they include both large entrepreneurial groups and, above all, small businesses, which can only be valued through these tools, as well as the supply chains, linked to the territory”, began Federica Argentati, president of the supply chain committee of the National Council of the Food District and president of the Sicilian district of citrus production, among the speakers at the conference, representing the Council The agri-food system has about 136 food districts, 351 Dop, Igp, Sgt products, with 165 protection consortia, in addition to the wine sector which has another 526, with 121 protection consortia for a total of 841 certified specialties; and 59 biodistricts.
The ministry’s commitment
“The Consulta is a new tool, thanks to which we have been able to strengthen the collaboration with the Mipaaf”, recalled Federica Argentati, “the extraordinary result obtained with the financing of the 20 district programs with the 120 million euros, provided for in the The latest finance law, which will guarantee an investment of 309 million euros between the public and the private sector, is a clear demonstration of what networking means.A sincere thank you for the attention, the commitment and the determination to support the food districts, I address Minister Stefano Patuanelli and Undersecretary Gianmarco Centinaio”. However, the path is still uphill. Funding indeed requires the participation of the regions. In Sicily, discussions have been initiated that allowed the European Commission to vote a resolution that will commit the regional government to co-funding of eight million and 300 thousand euros for the programs of the 4 Sicilian districts .
The Potential of Neighborhoods
“From a modern legislator, aware of the assiduity expressed from below by these instruments, we are asking for simple, clear and uniform regulatory harmonization. The system needs it”, underlined Federica Argentati, “just as the Council has already requested the setting up of a permanent table with the Minister for Agricultural Policies to make the territories more functional to the needs of businesses. These tools, whether they are food, productive, rural, bio-districts, or quality agri-food districts”, concluded Federica Argentati, “have enormous potential, they are carriers of social inclusion and culture. ethics. Because working together for the growth of our territory, recovering this principle already invoked by Olivetti, is to belong and in this we can really make a difference”.