Puglia (Apulia)

Aug. 2, 2021

Organic Producers from Puglia Triumph at World Competition

Producers from southwestern Italy overcame Xylella fastidiosa, erratic weather events and the Covid-19 pandemic to produce their award-winning extra virgin olive oils.

Jun. 15, 2021

Producers from Puglia and Lazio Star at 29th Ercole Olivario

Taking place in person after being conducted remotely last year, producers came together to celebrate Italian olive oils and their producers.

May. 13, 2021

In Puglia, Producers at Mimì Pursue Excellence Through Innovation and Research

Donato and Michele Conserva produce award-winning extra virgin olive oils from century-old trees using the latest technology at their family mill.

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Apr. 5, 2021

Puglia Invests in Early Detection of Olive Tree Diseases and Pests

The agritech startup Elaisian has raised $1 million in its latest fundraising round to expand a program that helps farmers identify and manage pest risks.

Mar. 29, 2021

Volunteers in Italy and Spain to Track Spittlebug Activity

Efforts in Puglia and Andalusia are underway to monitor the spread of the deadly vector of Xyella fastidiosa. Using mobile applications, volunteers will help experts track the insect populations.

Feb. 1, 2021

Treatment to Mitigate the Impact of Xylella Fastidiosa Shows Promise in Italy

Researchers found that a recently-patented bio-complex killed bacteria from three strains of Xylella in infected trees, while increasing their resilience to the disease.

Aug. 27, 2020

Worker Shortages Problematic for Italian Farms as Harvest Nears

The usual influx of seasonal workers who come to harvest apples, grapes and olives in Italy has been interrupted. Travel restrictions related to Covid-19 has politicians and farmers worried that key crops will not be picked in time.

Aug. 7, 2020

Farmers, Politicians Blame Each Other as Wildfires Burn in Puglia

Farmers have blamed the rapid spread of the wildfires on dead olive trees that were killed by Xylella fastidiosa and never removed by local governments. Some politicians have insinuated that these trees are being intentionally burned.

Jun. 29, 2020

Italian Government Pledges €120 Million in Aid for Xylella-Ravaged Puglia

The money will be divided among farmers who suffered at least a 30 percent loss of production.

Jun. 25, 2020

Decline in Exports Add to Troubles for Puglian Producers

Exports are down and storage facilities are full in Puglia while farmers and local politicians call for urgent support.

Jun. 17, 2020

Xylella Update: Spread Continues in Southern Italy Amid Calls for Swift Action

With the bacteria spreading beyond predictability, an evolving patchwork of strategies aim to identify and contain outbreaks.

Mar. 4, 2020

New Bank Set to Auction Abandoned Farms in Italy

Almost 25,000 acres of abandoned public lands will be auctioned to a new generation of agricultural entrepreneurs and farmers.

Jan. 31, 2020

Italy Approves €300M Fund to Fight Xylella

Better late than never, the Italian government will fund a €300 million-plan to fight Xylella fastidiosa through eradication, replanting, research and restoration.

Dec. 16, 2015

Researcher Calls for Greater Vigilance to Stop Killer Disease Ravaging Groves in Puglia

Disease expert Giovanni Martelli said he would need a ‘crystal ball’ to know what will happen with the Xylella fastidiosa outbreak across Europe.

Oct. 27, 2015

Italian Court Orders Halt to Destruction of Olive Trees in Puglia

A court-ordered suspension will allow time for further tests to determine which disease has infected the trees.

Jun. 15, 2015

Cerignola, Apulia Set to Host 2nd National Competition for Table Olives

Monna Oliva evaluates table olives from different regions to support producers and help them improve product quality and revitalize the sector.

Apr. 19, 2015

Olive Tree Felling Starts in Apulia Amid Protests

The destruction of the trees follows a controversial proposal to cut down 11 million olive trees to contain the spread of the deadly bacterium.

Apr. 8, 2015

France Bans Vegetables from Apulia

France announced a ban on vegetables and plants from Apulia region of Italy over fears that the Xylella fastidiosa bacterium may spread.

Feb. 25, 2015

Proposal to Include Apulia's 'Plain of Olive Trees' on Unesco List

Three municipalities have joined forces to protect an area with a concentration of thousand-year-old olive trees.

Dec. 8, 2014

Apulia Asks Italian Government for Help with Olive Tree Epidemic

The president of Apulia sent a letter to the Italian Prime Minister for an urgent meeting over the year-long Xylella fastidiosa epidemic.

Jul. 30, 2013

An 'ID' for Apulian Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Apulia launched a project to promote its extra virgin olive oils through innovation and quality certification.

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