The crisis in the sector of agriculture has resulted in a decline in investments and the outsourcing of some operations. An analysis completed by Nomisma with the support of Confai and Unima disclosed that recourse to agro-mechanical enterprises has benefited farmers not only financially but also as regards the quality of the work performed and the availability of qualified personnel.
The farming business sector in Italy is suffering from great old age. Farmers of over the age of 65 account for 37% of the total compared to the 5% of less than 35 years of age. The rate of generational changeover on farming enterprises is sharply lower in Italy compared to the European average. However those managed by young farmers display substantially greater dynamics and capacities for innovation compared to the average for the country and this confirms the need for a policy of incentives, though this will not be easy
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Presented on Frebruary 21 in Bologna, at the headquarters of Numisma, a book that locates in the Italian communities and restaurants abroad two excellent communicators of the Italian Way of Life, agri-food sector included
The reform of the European Union Common Agriculture Policy brought in a reduction of overall resources of 13% under the previous PAC. The cuts are adjusted for each single country and are expected to lead to a further 6% reduction in the budget assigned to Italy. Some additional resources under the Rural Development heading with an overall sum of resources for the seven years 2014-2020 coming to 10.4 billion euro. Bureaucratic complications among the critical points of the reform
Over the past five years the Italian agricultural machinery market has been subjected to a decline of 30% and is still a cause for worry when compared to sales trends in such countries as Germany and France where gains are reported. A survey conducted by Nomisma for FederUnacoma based on past data and interviews carried out on a sample of 800 agricultural enterprises has drawn a focus on the reasons behind this trend. Uncertainty on the future of farms, increasing recourse to contractors and the retrofitting of machinery already in farm inventories are among the factors putting the brake on the acquisition of new machinery.