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Italian Know-How at Enoliexpo

Feb. 13, 2015
Luciana Squadrilli

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Italy may have a short­age of extra vir­gin olive oil this year, but it will still have plenty of other prod­ucts to export in the next months. The European coun­try pro­duces some of the finest wines and olive oils in the whole world, but let us say that it’s not just a mat­ter of how prodi­gal Mother Earth has been here. Italians have always been rec­og­nized for their inven­tive­ness, as the beau­ti­ful promo-video Italia – the extra­or­di­nary com­mon­place” cir­cu­lat­ing on the Internet in the last few days accu­rately shows.

So it’s no sur­prise that Italy exports not only its out­stand­ing prod­ucts but the nec­es­sary tech­nol­ogy and know-how to pro­duce them.

Some of the state-of-the-art tech­nol­ogy in the olive oil and wine-mak­ing fields was on dis­play at the sec­ond edi­tion of Enoliexpo exhibit which took place from January 30 to February 1 in the town of Fermo, in the cen­tral region of Marche.

The event was launched with a press con­fer­ence at the Chamber of Deputies in Rome, an emi­nent loca­tion that con­firms the inter­est and will­ing­ness of Italian Government in uphold­ing the national olive grow­ing sec­tor.

Pietro Sandali, gen­eral man­ager at Unaprol, a part­ner of the exhibit, stressed the impor­tance of invest­ing in sci­en­tific research to improve the Italian olive oil indus­try’s effi­ciency and com­pet­i­tive­ness, which is mainly based on tra­di­tional, frag­mented pro­duc­tion, against the global mar­ket’s chal­lenges.

The bien­nial fair included exhibitors fea­tur­ing tools and machin­ery, nurs­ery prod­ucts, har­vest­ing and pro­cess­ing mate­ri­als and tech­nol­ogy linked to the wine and olive oil pro­duc­tion and hosted a num­ber of inter­est­ing con­fer­ences fea­tur­ing cor­po­ra­tions such as DowAgroscience (the Italian branch of the American com­pany offer­ing sus­tain­able agri­cul­tural pro­duc­tion solu­tions), Unaprol and the Regional Agricultural Agency, ASSAM.

One of the most appre­ci­ated meet­ings was ded­i­cated to the phy­tosan­i­tary man­age­ment of the phy­tophagous par­a­sites such as the olive fly and moth, an issue that was hugely appre­ci­ated by Italian olive grow­ers due to the dif­fi­cult har­vest expe­ri­enced this year.

The experts were opti­mistic that another Black Year” could be pre­vented, fore­cast­ing a bet­ter har­vest for next year and an increase in olive oil pro­duc­tion for the Marche Region, which this sea­son faced a dra­matic loss of about 50 per­ent.

Sandro Nardi, Assam’s phy­tosan­i­tary ser­vice man­ager, invited the grow­ers to pay close atten­tion to trees’ warn­ings, and to be ready to inter­vene, armed with new prod­ucts that have proven to be effec­tive against the olive fly.

Franco Famiani of the University of Perugia con­firmed the impor­tance of prompt agro­nomic care, includ­ing ade­quate prun­ing, good har­vest tim­ing and cor­rect fer­til­iza­tion to reach an opti­mal and last­ing bal­ance to guar­an­tee good out­puts.

Barbara Alfei, Assam’s panel leader, illus­trated the results of a wrong phy­tosan­i­tary plant pro­tec­tion on olive oil qual­ity: a strong olive fly infes­ta­tion, she explained, defaces the chem­i­cal and sen­so­r­ial fea­tures, jeop­ar­diz­ing the extra vir­gin clas­si­fi­ca­tion of the prod­uct.

The con­fer­ence, ded­i­cated to the theme com­pet­i­tive olive grow­ing between research and inno­va­tion,” was orga­nized by Unaprol in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Coldiretti Marche and Pandolea (the olive oil women asso­ci­a­tion).

Maurizio Servili from the University of Perugia pre­sented the inter­est­ing results of research for the Unaprol’s Scientific Observatory to exploit olive oil pro­duc­tion waste prod­ucts such as waters and pomaces, and explained how to con­trol extra vir­gin qual­ity in dif­fi­cult year by work­ing on the milling tem­per­a­tures and tim­ings.

Dalt – an IT com­pany spe­cial­ized in Business Intelligence and tech­nol­ogy solu­tions for agri­cul­ture – pro­posed Oleum: a spe­cific man­age­ment infor­ma­tion sys­tem to help olive oil pro­duc­ers man­age and mon­i­tor the pro­duc­tion process, track­ing the his­tory” of every batch.

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