Agricultural fuels, trade unions protest against the proposal to reduce incentives

Our agriculture is the greenest in Europe and Piedmont alone boasts 14 Dop, 9 PGI, 18 Docg and 42 Doc, Over 30 thousand hectares are currently cultivated with organic methods. Taxing agricultural diesel would be an unprecedented attack on the primary sector

The proposal to reduce subsidies deemed harmful to the environment, which would also affect fuels for fishing and agriculture, is absurd. This is what Coldiretti reports in reference to the provision of the Minister of the Environment Sergio Costa.

“Diesel is the only fuel currently usable for tractors and taxing it would not bring any immediate benefit in terms of using alternative energies in favor of which a research and experimentation program for agricultural vehicles should instead be developed – explain Roberto Moncalvo  president of Coldiretti Piemonte and  Bruno Rivarossa confederal delegate -. This would mean an increase in taxes for our companies which, however, thanks to their work continue to oversee territories otherwise abandoned today. The increase in fuel costs, but also the revision of taxation on breeding activities, would simply force many farmers and breeders to close their business with a devastating environmental impact, especially in the most difficult inland areas. The result would be only the relocation of food supply sources with a huge environmental cost linked to the increase in polluting transport by road from abroad. Moreover, in this way the objectives defined in the Government program would be contradicted and the Italian system would lose competitiveness with respect to competitors from other European countries who are not affected by the same problem. It is absurd, therefore, to propose a similar thing in the DL climate when our agriculture is the greenest in Europe and our region boasts 14 Dop, 9 PGI, 18 Docg and 42 Doc, over 30 thousand hectares are currently cultivated with organic methods”.

Confagricoltura Piemonte asked the Region to review the rules for the allocation of agricultural fuels, as the quantities currently granted to companies for the different types of operations and for the number of processes expected on certain crops are not aligned with the needs dictated by a practice agronomy in continuous evolution.

Many mechanical operations – underline the technicians of Confagricoltura – need to be rerun on the same crop for a number of times greater than that currently admissible: this is the case, for example, of the vineyard conducted with integrated defense criteria or with the biological method, which requires more steps than traditional agronomic techniques as regards the management of the turf and the sprouts, of the harrowing and of the mechanical weeding on the row, or of the shoot removal.