Emilia-Romagna Region

Agriculture and food

PDO and PGI products of Emilia-Romagna: born here, enjoyed worldwide

PDO and PGI productsFrom a region that guards unique and inimitable enogastronomic traditions forged by the coming together of quality, know-howand the territory itself, come unrivalled Pdo and Pgi products: exquisite flavours, rich seams of delicious delights and unrepeatable sensory experiences.

44 such veritable treasures testify to an age-old bond between man and land based on harmony, and paint the portrait of the true essence of Emilia-Romagna: the quality of food.

Culinary treasures

Agro-food exportsLocal products that are unique in the world, like Parmigiano Reggiano cheese (Parmesan from Reggio), Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale di Modena (the balsamic vinegar of Modena), Parma Ham, Grana Padano
cheese and a series of other products of inestimable excellence are the items that form the culinary treasure map of Emilia-Romagna.

Typical products of high quality, processed according to traditional methods, together with an industrial fabric specialised in consumer goods production and food processing machinery: this is the Emilia-Romagna of Protected Geographic Indication (PGI) products and Protected Denomination of Origin (PDO) products.

Emilia-Romagna was the first Italian region to adopt specific rulings for the production of Quality Controlled products as well as the first to adopt a law on food traceability: a region specialised not only in the production of culinary treasures, but also in food processing machinery.

Indeed, the area between Reggio and Modena accounts for the highest concentration of agricultural machinery production in Italy; between Bologna and Parma, the production of industrial food packaging machines is the most competitive at global level. In the food and agriculture sector the combination of entrepreneurship and the spirit of cooperation that is typical of the Region is expressed more clearly.

In 2016 exports from the agro-food value-chain in our region amounted to around 7.0 billion euro, 16.5% of the national total. The various agro-food sectors represent 12.5% of total exports from Emilia-Romagna. The agro-food value-chain as a whole displayed increasing export figures during the years 2008-2016 (+32.8%), showing good resilience to the crisis.

The most export-oriented sectors are: Meat and meat based products, Other products, Agricultural and forestry machinery and Dairy products. Together these sectors represent 57.7% of total exports.

Food excellence is also nurtured through specific educationali nstitutions, including the ALMA, Italy's most prestigious cookery training school, the large number of hotel and catering high schools across the region, and Chef to Chef, an association of more than 50 chefs established to promote evolution in the regional cuisine and its national and international reputation.

Emilia-Romagna PDO wines

In Emilia-Romagna we produce unique and sustainable products that our people turn into unforgettable experiences. The varied types of soil present in the Emilia-Romagna Region guarantee a very broad range of wines while innovative viticulture practices and wine-making techniques allow high quality standards.

Important steps have been taken to make sure regional wines are increasingly in keeping with the culture and traditions of the territory. This takes place through close collaboration with various consortia for the promotion and development of the region’s traditional products.

For this purpose, the Enoteca regionale promotes and participates in various cooperative activities that serve to emphasize the pairing of Emilia-Romagna wines with the region’s other exquisite gastronomic delicacies.

PDO wines

Farming innovation and food safety

campagna.jpgAn Agricultural Knowledge System has been developed to ease the dialogue between agricultural practice and research in the Emilia-Romagna region. This system develops following a cyclic structure, pursuing production innovation through an intersectoral approach able to integrate the whole innovation chain in the regional territory and at an international level.

Thanks to specific coordination instruments, the agricultural knowledge system produces a systemic knowledge, easing, and constantly nourishing the dialogue between the mainstake holders in agriculture, with increasing attention to products ’quality, consumers’ health and protection of the environment.

Food safety

Food safety is a core area of public health policy and is implemented through the surveillance of foods of animal and vegetable origin, from farm to fork.

EU and domestic legislation places the primary responsibility on the food industry business, directly answerable for the safety of the foods it produces. Control activities cover various functional areas, including health surveillance of the production of foods of animal origin and related products, starting from monitoring of slaughtering operations through to pre and post-mortem inspection, transformation, distribution and serving of foods of animal origin.

One key focus of these control activities addresses products exported to non-EU states.

There are a large number of common opportunities and challenges: in animal health, with controls on animal products and foods of animal and non-animal origin, through checks on phytosanitary products, analyses of preparations, and monitoring for residues in plant and animal materials.

In most of our region's Pdo and Pgi products (meat and dairy produce) the microbiological threat is controlled starting from raw materials, with the requirement for specific quality and health characteristics and a lengthy curing or ripening process.

Organic Farming: record-breaking figures for Emilia-Romagna

In 2017 there were 5.555 organically farmed businesses operating in this sector, a 10% increase, with 13.5% rise in the area under organic crops, making the region the northern Italian leader.

13% of the region's agricultural land is organically farmed, with an impressive number of farms run by young farmers.

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pubblicato il 2018/06/14 09:45:34 GMT+2 ultima modifica 2018-07-25T15:37:06+02:00

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