Mipaaft: now published the data on the Italian organic sector for 2018 (IT)

The data on the Italian organic sector in 2018 have now been published on the Mipaaft website. Elaborated by SINAB, the data indicate that, since 2010, the hectares of the Italian organic surface have increased by over 75%, while the number of operators in the sector has grown by over 65%. To date, the area dedicated to organic farming in 2018 is equivalent to the extension of an area as wide as the Apulia region. 
According to the analyses carried out by SINAB for the Ministry of Agriculture, in fact, in 2018 Italy reached almost 2 million hectares of organic surfaces, with an increase compared to 2017 of almost 3%, that represent an increase of 49 thousand hectares in just 12 months: a growth not only in terms of surfaces but also in the number of operators involved in the sector, which reached 79,000 units, with an increase over the previous year of over 4%.
The incidence of the organic surface in our country has therefore reached, in 2018, 15.5% of the national UAA, and this places Italy far above the EU average, which in 2017 stood at 7.0 %: the data confirm the primacy of Italy in Europe as regards the number of operators. 
As for the market, the positive evolution of the sector was also confirmed by the first data released by  ISMEA, which indicate that consumption has been growing for over 5 years without interruption (+102% from 2013 to present). According to ISMEA estimates, purchases of organic products increased by an additional + 1.5% in the first few months of this year. A positive result, above all if assessed in relation to the quantities of goods on the market, which now sees near the goal of 3 billion in value for the sector at the end of 2019. Supermarket chains drive the sales, with a + 5.5%, to the detriment of traditional stores' sales (-7%). The organic growth in Discount stores was also significant (+ 20.7%).
Finally, as regards imports of organic products from third countries, after years of continuous growth, 2018 recorded an overall decrease of 10% in imported volumes. This decrease can mainly be attributed to the category of industrial products, which recorded a 50% drop compared to 2017. Instead, the growth of cereal and vegetable and legume imports continues, respectively by 14% and 11%.
The press release (in Italian) can be downloaded  HERE
Source: Mipaaft Press Office