Zootechnical waste, in Piedmont too restrictive measures, Confagricoltura asks for the intervention of the Region

It happens more and more frequently that it looks good in December, while the situation worsens from January to March. If you can spread these days, let us do it. We modulate the ban window based on the trend of the climate and the state of the land

“We ask the Piedmont Region for more flexibility in the application of the regulation on the spreading of livestock waste , to follow the real climatic trend and not to place excessively binding posts, which are not in line with a dynamic activity such as that of breeding”.

Confagricoltura Cuneo returns to the delicate matter of waste disposal after the letter dated 21 December and addressed to the Agriculture Directorate of the Piedmont Region in which it had reported the many critical issues for winter 2019, in particular that relating to the difficult management of zootechnical waste storage , considering the decree that establishes that the material cannot be scattered in the fields in the winter period, between November and February.

“It is objective that the climate is changing – highlights the director of Confagricoltura Cuneo,  Roberto Abellonio  -. It happens more and more frequently, in fact, that it looks nice in December, while the situation gets worse from January to March. If you can spread these days, let us do it. We also keep the same window for the days of prohibition, however modulating it based on the trend of the climate and the state of the land. Otherwise, there is a serious risk that our farmers’ collection tanks may overflow , with the consequent health and hygiene risks”.

In the letter sent to the Region at the end of December, Confagricoltura had highlighted how due to the rather anomalous weather-climate trend of this year, there had been a delay in spring sowing , which led to postpone the collection and the subsequent autumn cultivation operations, including the application of zootechnical waste to the soil. To complicate the operations, in addition to the already reduced amount of time available before the winter ban, it was the prolonged rains,which actually reduced the window available to 9-10 working days, compared to 20-21 potential ones. Consequently, many companies are now forced to face the absolute ban period in precarious conditions and with the serious risk of overflowing the storage tanks, especially if heavy rains or snowfalls occur.

“We had asked the Region to start preparing actions and tools necessary to manage environmental and health emergency situations that could occur in the coming months – underlines Confagricoltura -. The Piedmont Region, while accepting the aforementioned reports, however, reiterated the absolute ban from 1 December to 31 January and at any time in the case of snowy, frozen or water-saturated soil, also underlining how for the month of February they will be applicable. only 10 more days of ban, having already been scheduled for 20 (of the total 30 available) in November 2018″.

A position that is mainly linked to technical-bureaucratic aspects, but that does not actually solve the problem. Therefore, Confagricoltura has chosen to continue its action, in search of a practical and anticipated solution: “We continue to emphasize this delicate aspect – concludes the provincial and regional president  Enrico Allasia  -. We know of the possibility of issuing ad hoc ordinances in derogation of regional regulations , as some mayors of the area have done in recent days, however this is a topic that is too important and fundamental for our agriculture, which must be addressed in the appropriate forums at the regional level”.