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Italy: Organic processors increased by 1.3 % in 2011

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In Italy, 48,269 operators were working according to organic guidelines in 2011, Oneco reports. 37,905 of those were producers exclusively, 6,165 were processors (including companies engaged in retail activities), 3,906 were both producers and processors, 63 were importers exclusively, and 230 were importers who were also producing or processing.

Compared with the data for 2010, this means an increase of operators of 1.3 %, the Italian National Information System on Organic Agriculture SINAB reports. The analyses by SINAB are based on data supplied to the Italian Ministry of Agricultural, Food and Forest Policies by the control bodies that were operating in Italy on 31 December 2011. (Graph: Development of organic land and operators from 1990 to 2011)

The agricultural area in Italy, in conversion or fully converted to organic, amounted to 1,096,889 hectares, a decrease by around 1, 5 % on the previous year. Most of the organic land was dedicated to cereals, forage and pastures, followed by olive groves. As in previous years, most farms were located in Sicily and Calabria, while most processors could be found in Emilia-Romagna, Lombardy and Veneto. When comparing the data for livestock production with the data of the previous year, this shows a substantial increase in the number of pigs, sheep, goats and poultry.





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