Ravenna, 1 March 2021. There is growing concern among the seven Ravenna CABs, members of Promosagri. If the situation remains unchanged, it will be very difficult to close the 2022 budget in the black. The evolution of the crisis between Russia and Ukraine is, unfortunately, only the latest piece in an escalation of events that, in recent months, have complicated a scenario already tested by the two years of health emergency.
The inflationary wave that swept through the entire Italian economy between the end of 2021 and the first weeks of 2022, due to rising gas, oil and derivatives, and energy prices, heavily affected agriculture, with skyrocketing production costs averaging between 300 and 350 euro/hectare per year and difficulties in obtaining many supplies, to which must be added the growing aggravations and inconveniences of the logistics of the supply chain itself.
"Real inflation for the primary sector is almost 10 per cent, while today we are talking about a national average of 3.5/4 per cent. This means that the differential is borne by the producers. An unsustainable situation in the long term, which can be solved through the co-participation of the links in the chain, including consumers,' says Giovanni Giambi, director general of Agrisfera.
"The concern is great, we producers are willing to invest whatever is necessary to carry out the field operations, but the unknown of seeing our efforts repaid is very high indeed: the risk is to produce at a loss," comments Lino Bacchilega, general manager of CAB Ter.Ra.
"In 2021 we benefited from the price increase, but today the situation is different: not even by replicating last year's quotations could we compensate for the 30% increase in the cost of diesel and the doubling of expenses for fertilisers and manure, especially nitrogenous fertilisers. Not to mention energy, which jumped 250% between December 2020 and the same month in 2021, with exorbitant impacts on the management of the stables, already weighed down by the 30/35% increases in feed," explains Giampiero Sabbatani, CAB Massari's general manager.
And it is not limited to this: 'In the case of tomatoes, the increased cost compared to the previous year is up to EUR 1,000. The problems associated with finding materials or purchasing machinery and spare parts has now become just as serious, due to the great uncertainties regarding delivery times, which can be months," adds CAB Campiano General Manager Claudio Mazzotti.
"The government should immediately put in place economic shock absorbers for food producers and impose transparency and competition in markets subject to speculation and oligopolies," suggests Stefano Patrizi, president of Promosagri.
(In the photo seeding operations at the Cab Comprensorio Cervese)