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Italy approved the decree on farmers markets



I thank all the Ministers and the Prime Minister for having understood the importance of such a measure that has also the effect of considerably shortening the distances between producers and consumers. This is a great modernization step for all the primary sector , the Minister of agricultural food and forestry policies with these words commented the approval of the bill 'on regulations for the development of agricultural productions deriving from short production chain and quality products' of the 1st March by the Council of Ministers.

"Today we have had an important event for agriculture, farmers and producers. I thank all the Ministers and the Prime Minister for having understood the importance of such a measure that has also the effect of considerably shortening the distances between producers and consumers. This is a great modernization step for all the primary sector "
Thus, the Minister of agricultural food and forestry policies Luca Zaia, commented the approval of the bill 'on regulations for the development of agricultural productions deriving from short production chain and quality products' of the 1st March by the Council of Ministers.
"We have always said, the minister Zaia added, that shortening the chain is essential for reducing pollution and to lower costs for consumers."

The decree, keeping the same norms for what concerns food security, defines the fundamental principles of agricultural markets where there is a direct sale by the farmers, boosts the demand for zero km agricultural products, coming from a short production chain and of quality; as well as encouraging local development and a better understanding of the characteristics of the transformation and production processes. It pursues the following aims:
- Establish uniform requirements and standards for the construction of agricultural markets reserved for farmers’ direct sale, even in relation to the sale and price transparency, food safety, traceability of agricultural products and mileage, with preferences for agricultural products which have a link with the area of production;
- Promote awareness and consumption of agricultural products produced in an environmentally friendly mode or tied to the tradition and rural culture;
- To encourage, through the activities of government authorities, the diffusion and success of agricultural markets

Source: Agricoltura italiana on line

by S. C.
04 march 2010, World News > Italy

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