Italy will restore one million hectares of farmland by 2022 to reduce its dependence on imports

2022-06-06 0 By

China News on March 28According to the European Union News Agency, Coldiretti said that according to the latest agricultural decree issued by the Italian government, 1 million hectares of fallow land will be restored in 2022 to produce corn, wheat and other crops, in order to enhance food production security and ease the food supply crisis.Italy has given up more than a quarter of its agricultural land in the past 25 years, with fallow land accounting for 28 percent of the country’s arable land, according to the Italian Agricultural Growers federation.The policy impact of the European Union, and the preference of many industries to source from abroad, has caused a lot of land to lie fallow.According to a decree issued in March, The Italian government will invest 1.2 billion euros in agricultural markets to support the restoration of one million hectares of fallow land in response to the severe impact of rising energy and fertilizer prices on agricultural production.The decree will help combat price speculation in agricultural products and distribute them more equitably throughout the agricultural commodity supply chain to protect the legitimate rights and interests of consumers and farmers.In recent years, Italy’s agricultural and sideline products are highly dependent on imports, and it is urgent to take measures to reduce such import dependence.An interim law approved by the European Commission on March 24 would provide a 1.5 billion euro package of aid to farmers in member states and free up some fallow land.Italy, which received 48.116 million euros from the fund, will restore 200,000 hectares of fallow land to grow corn and wheat.The Italian Agricultural Growers’ Federation pointed out that eu support for Italy is less than 50 million euros, far from solving the energy, fertilizer and other difficulties faced by farmers.Expanding the area of reclaimed land from 200, 000 hectares to 1 million hectares would greatly reduce Italy’s dependence on grain imports from abroad.(Blogsource) (Chinanews.com)