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Italy | 1 January 2019
Sicily's farmers go tropical in the face of climate change

When Andrea Passanisi started cultivating mangoes and avocados in his family's vineyard on the slopes of Mount Etna in 2001, he was just 17. His neighbors, who were more used to olives and oranges, th...


Italy | 23 November 2018
Italy's largest farming group questions need for lab-grown meat

Cell-cultured meat moved a step closer to the mainstream this month, as agencies in the US reached agreement on how new products should be regulated. While supporters see the technology as a potential...


Italy | 23 October 2018
Sudden extreme hail “a calamity for Italian farming”

A cold front moving south from northern Europe caused extreme weather changes following a hot spell in Italy, with temperatures dropping by as much as 10˚C overnight. A hailstorm devastated Rome on...


Italy | 3 September 2018
'It saved our business': Italy's farmers turn low into high with cannabis

Italian farmers are in crisis as low prices of wheat, desiccated land and big companies importing grain take their toll. But some have found a solution: growing cannabis. Hemp cultivation has been ...


Italy | 9 August 2018
Farm workers protest in Italy after migrant crash deaths

Hundreds of mostly African farm labourers downed tools and marched from fields in southern Italy chanting "we are not slaves" Wednesday, protesting conditions for tomato pickers after 16 migrant worke...


Italy | 7 August 2018
Migrant farm workers killed in Italy road crash

At least a dozen people, including migrant labourers returning home after spending the day working in the fields, have been killed in a crash between a van and a lorry in southern Italy. Italian ne...


Italy | 3 August 2018
Refugees in Italy get their hands dirty with own farm

Every morning Dembo Cisse, a sturdily built 21-year-old from Guinea, waits for the car to pick him up. He and two others, who live together in an apartment that belongs to Italy's privatized migrant r...


Italy | 24 July 2018
Italy's farmers turn to cow dung to save beloved olive trees

Ciccio Manelli, 81, who owns hundreds of ancient olive trees in the southern Italian province of Brindisi, burst into tears when contemplating the prospect of his precious trees being uprooted. “My...


Italy | 15 June 2018
Italy won't ratify EU-Canada trade deal: agriculture minister

Italy's nationalist agriculture minister on Thursday said his government would not ratify an EU-Canada free trade deal, claiming it does not protect his country's farmers. The European Union and Ca...


Italy | 17 May 2018
Rome to use sheep to keep villa grass

Rome has mooted using sheep and other animals to keep the grass in its parks and villas down, environment committee chair Pinuccia Montanari said Wednesday, taking up a proposal by Mayor Virginia Ragg...


Italy | 4 May 2018
Exploitation of migrant workers feeds agriculture in Italy's southern region

Exploitation and mistreatment of foreign workers is feeding the agriculture of the Calabria region, one of southern Italy's largest farming areas, a non-profit organization said Thursday. In a repo...


Italy | 25 March 2018
Mafia makes billions from Italian agriculture: farmers' association

Italian organized crime generated a turnover of €21.8 billion from agriculture in 2017, a 30 percent increase on the previous year, major agriculture industry body Coldiretti announced on Wednesday. ...


Italy | 22 March 2018
Mafia making killing from agriculture, says Italian industry body

Italian organised crime generated a turnover of 21.8 billion euros from agriculture in 2017, a 30 percent increase on the previous year, major agriculture industry body Coldiretti announced Wednesday....


Italy | 19 March 2018
Italian agriculture loses 3bn euros annually due to Russian sanctions

After four years of damage to the Italian economy, the National Association of Agricultural Producers, Coldiretti, has called to lift the anti-Russian sanctions. Sputnik Italia spoke with Lorenzo Bazz...


Italy | 13 February 2018
FAO partnership to boost use of technology in agriculture

A new partnership between the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and a telecommunications company aims to use cutting-edge technology for agricultural development, food security and nutrition and...


Italy | 28 November 2017
Cash is best way to aid farmers hit by drought, says new agriculture study

Cash handouts are the best way to support smallholder farmers struggling due to drought, but for farmers experiencing wetter weather, agricultural inputs such as fertilisers and pesticides help most, ...


Italy | 24 November 2017
Italian Minister: Agriculture and environment must go 'hand in hand'

Agriculture and the environment must go hand in hand, taking into account the role that each plays, Italian Minister for Environment Gian Luca Galletti told EURACTIV.com. Galletti stressed that agr...


Italy | 31 October 2017
Police uncover abuse and exploitation on farms in Sicily

Eight arrests have been made and legal proceedings launched against 33 farming companies across Sicily, after a series of raids found 227 migrant workers trapped in forced labour conditions. Police...


Italy | 20 October 2017
Italian farmers learn about agriculture in Canada

There was an international flavour to the gathering at T. Scherman Acres south of Battleford last Wednesday. That was provided by a group of 18 farmers from Italy who had come as part of a tour of ...


Italy | 14 September 2017
European court sides with Italian farmer pushing GM crops

The European Union court ruled Wednesday in favor of an Italian activist farmer who has defied his nation's laws by planting genetically modified corn. Italy has prosecuted Giorgio Fidenato for cul...


Italy | 1 August 2017
In Italy's parched Po River valley, climate change threatens the future of agriculture

The Po River, Italy’s largest reservoir of freshwater, is thirsty. A severe drought that has lasted months and shows no signs of easing has led to a fall in water reserves, raising fears about comi...


Italy | 27 July 2017
Two-thirds of Italian farmland affected by prolonged drought

Almost two-thirds of Italian farmland has been affected by a prolonged drought that has cost the agriculture industry around €2 billion, farmers association Coldiretti has warned. The BBC reported ...


Italy | 21 July 2017
Italy demands origin labels for pasta and rice

All packets of pasta and rice sold in Italy will have to include labels of origin showing where the produce was grown, the government ruled on Thursday, in a move it said was aimed at protecting local...


Italy | 18 July 2017
Drought devastates South Europe crops

Italian durum wheat and dairy farmer Attilio Tocchi saw warning signs during the winter of the dramatic drought to come at his holding a mile away from the Tuscan coast. "When it still hadn't raine...


Italy | 10 July 2017
Italy's farmers 'demonizing' Canadian wheat in bid to protect domestic industry

They came from up and down Italy, setting up their protest headquarters just a few dozen cobblestone steps from the Italian parliament in Rome. Their beef? Canadian food products flooding the Itali...


Italy | 5 July 2017
Italian farmer turns field into Putin portrait ahead of G20

An Italian artist has used his tractor to transform a field near the Italian city of Verona into a giant portrait of Russian President Vladimir Putin ahead of this week’s Group of 20 summit. The 13...


Italy | 28 April 2017
Bad weather causes damage to crops in the south

A producer from Puglia reports that "the cold front that, all of a sudden hit the Canosa and Cerignola areas, damaged apricots and peaches, which were also affected by the hailstorms, as well as veget...


Italy | 8 March 2017
Italian farmers bring sheep to Rome to protest quake response

Italian farmers from regions ravaged by earthquakes brought sheep to central Rome on Tuesday to protest what they say are serious delays in reconstruction efforts. More than 10,000 farm animals hav...


Italy | 28 November 2016
Young people increasingly favoring new agriculture business startups

Hurray for Italy’s youth: Italian agriculture is steering towards green production and favoring entrepreneurs under 35. The process is already well advanced and will lead – according to a survey c...


Italy | 17 November 2016
New irrigation technology for farmers

With increased water scarcity and agriculture consuming 70 per cent of global freshwater resources, demand is surging for new agricultural solutions. Yara International ASA (Yara) and Pessl Instrument...



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