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29 April 2015

A turnaround for Italian agricultural production

2014 ended with an important uptick of +7% for our agricultural sector

It was the case once that people fled the countryside and headed for the city to find a job with varying degrees of social status. The general aim was to reinvent Italy, which promised a better life from the start of the economic boom onwards.
For years the concept of agricultural work has resulted in a strange mindset, such that we are now almost totally ignorant of where the products we consume actually come from .This submission to consumerism has created many discrepancies between what could be a good product and what in fact ends up on our tables.
The question “What I am eating?” is a relatively new one, as is the genuine interest that every consumer and producer is showing towards the quality of the product. Today, Italian agriculture has the potential to create innovation and combat illegal labour in the black economy. It can also create new jobs and bring about a profitable future. This is giving rise to a real and perceptible revolution in attitudes in our country. Small farmers are no longer exclusively indigenous or born into the industry. While the sector has suffered over time from the lack of young people taking up farming, in recent years, however, agriculture has been moving in a new, innovative direction.
With an employment growth rate of 7% in a single year, and around 57,000 new workers, the statistics have provided cheer and fuelled optimism. However, the young people who have chosen to move into agriculture and create a brighter future for our country, need to be looked after with an employment contract structure that is both dynamic and flexible.
That is why the Government is studying and implementing new incentives, which include: tax relief for employers taking on young people in the agriculture sector and cutting red tape to make it simpler for companies to access European funds. This is a commitment whose main objective is to offer our country a significant advantage both in economic terms and in the quality of our food. It would also strengthen the competitiveness of our agricultural businesses in international markets.


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