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TOMATOES FOR ALL TASTES IN THE DISTRICT OF NORTHERN ITALY
Tomato concentrates, pulps and purĂ©es as well as deliciously convenient ready-to-use sauces.
This is what is produced every day by the District of Processing Tomatoes of Northern Italy , the inter-professional organisation that brings together tomato producers and processors and that operates in the regions of Emilia-Romagna, Lombardy, Piedmont, Veneto and the autonomous province of Bolzano.
Consisting of sixty-one members, divided into producers and processors who represent virtually the entire production sector of northern Italy, it was granted recognition as an inter-professional organisation by the Region of Emilia Romagna in 2011.
This was followed immediately with the ratification of the Directorate General for Agriculture and Rural Development of the European Union, and within a few years it has achieved significant results.
In the year 2013 a total of 29,175 hectares of processing tomatoes were farmed and the resulting 1,889,374 tonnes produced were processed into tomato concentrates, pulps and purees, as well as delicious ready-to-use sauces that have ended up on the shelves of many supermarkets in Italy and elsewhere, because the taste of Italian-produced tomatoes has also travelled beyond Italyâ€™s national borders.
The product, farmed and processed in the district, represents half of Italyâ€™s entire production, which in 2013 exported processed tomatoes for a total value of €1,450 million, contributing greatly to the recovery of the structural deficit of our food and agricultural trade balance.
The organisationâ€™s president, Pier Luigi Ferrari said: "The role of the inter-professional organisation, the District of Processing Tomatoes of Northern Italy is of primary importance in bringing together the different subjects involved in the processing of tomatoes - i.e. from the producers to the processors. In just a few years it has succeeded in its endeavours to pursue the enhancement of an Italian-made quality product, namely the tomato.
The news of recent days about the probable granting of coupled aid, in the context of the drawing up of the new CAP, represents an important result for the operation of the production system.
Thanks to this it will be possible to avoid the situation of competitive distortion with other countries that produce processing tomatoes (such as Spain, Portugal and France) already directed to the granting of coupled aid for the tomato.
In light of these circumstances our inter-professional organisation will continue to be a point of reference for the competitiveness and efficiency of the tomato market in Northern Italy.â€ť