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New Efforts Underway to Restore Abandoned Olive Groves in Sardinia

Dec 17, 2021 11:22 AM EST
Ephantus Mukundi

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An ambi­tious project is under­way in north­west­ern Sardinia to renew aban­doned olive farms in Surigheddu and Mamuntanas on the out­skirts of Alghero.

We must aim at increas­ing the pro­duc­tion of Sardinia PDO extra vir­gin olive oil to safe­guard, recover and increase the rich­ness and attrac­tive­ness of the rural land­scape.- Tore Piana, pres­i­dent, Filiera Olivicola Sardenga

The recov­ery project, which is the only one in Sardinia, is spear­headed by Filiera Olivicola Sardegna and its pres­i­dent, Tore Piana.

Our inno­v­a­tive pro­posal for social agri­cul­ture would put an end to 30 years of aban­don­ment of more than 55 hectares of region­ally-owned olive groves,” Piana said.

The project is divided into three phases. The first phase involves col­lect­ing data about the olive groves in the area to help under­stand the extent of the chal­lenge before the actual recla­ma­tion starts.

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This will be fol­lowed by incen­tiviz­ing young peo­ple and women in the region to become involved in olive grow­ing. Finally, Filiera Olivicola Sardegna will cre­ate a sus­tain­able net­work for pro­duc­ing, mar­ket­ing and pro­mot­ing the result­ing olive prod­ucts.

Those olive groves have unique his­tor­i­cal and land­scape char­ac­ter­is­tics, and by focus­ing on those with a high envi­ron­men­tal value and high pro­duc­tion poten­tial, it will be pos­si­ble to struc­ture a pro­gram to involve cer­tain cat­e­gories in train­ing and tech­ni­cal assis­tance activ­i­ties that lead to the cre­ation of new entre­pre­neurs,” Piana said

We must aim at increas­ing the pro­duc­tion of Sardinia PDO extra vir­gin olive oil to safe­guard, recover and increase the rich­ness and attrac­tive­ness of the rural land­scape,” he added.

Piana and the Filiera Olivicola Sardegna’s board of direc­tors are hop­ing that the town of Alghero and the regional gov­ern­ment on Sardinia will approve the pro­posal and allow fundrais­ing efforts to get under­way.

Piana hopes to raise €480,000 and hire 20 work­ers to help get the project under­way and return the two regions to the pros­per­ity they enjoyed in the late 19th and early 20th cen­turies.



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