Tunis, focus on the country’s organic production development (IT)

27/11/2019
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Tunis hosted the 4th Edition of the “Italian Cuisine Week in the World” organized by ICE, the Italian Trade Agency, an event where dynamics of Tunisian organic production were analyzed.

The first session of the event was related to organic productions, with a focus on certifications and bio-district models in Italy and Tunisia: speeches were made by the Director of Federbio Servizi, Mauro Conti, and the General Director of the Tunisian Ministry of Agriculture Organic Farming Unit, Samia Maamer.

In Italy, all the organic indicators are growing: the sector's turnover reached 2.5 billion euros in 2018, with a 3% increase on the total of the agri-food sector; 86% of Italian families buy organic at least once a year. Positive data also for agricultural production: in 2018 organic surfaces in Italy reached almost 2 million hectares, which means that 15.5% of the Italian UAA (Utilized Agricultural Area) is organic, while the certified holdings rose to 80,000.

But even in Tunisia, organic production increased, as well as its exports, especially for the olive oil and dates sector. As far as organic olive oil is concerned, Tunisia is the leading producer in the world. According to data published by the Tunisian Ministry of Agriculture, the local different organic products exported in 30 countries rose to 60. The production surface grew to over 370,000 hectares, with 1064 related holdings.

Both countries play an important role in the organic sector and can set up forms of partnership. One of these is represented by the bio-districts model, a chain of holdings in a given territory, capable of producing value in the form of products or services intended for the consumer. In Tunisia 5 pilot bio-districts are already active.

 

Source: ANSAmed

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