Tractors, a "specialised" market
The share of tractors specifically designed for orchards and vineyards in the total number of registered tractors is growing, accounting for almost 40% of the market and recording a 63% increase in the first quarter of the year. The RIVE international exhibition in Pordenone - organised in partnership with FederUnacoma - is a point of reference for the most advanced technologies for the viticulture and winemaking industry
In the Italian tractor market, specialised tractors for vineyards and orchards are becoming increasingly important. Since the early 2000s, these types of tractor have almost doubled their share of the total number of tractors registered, rising from 20% to almost 40%. In recent years, out of a total of around 18 thousand tractors registered per year, around 7 thousand are specifically designed for working between rows and in orchards, underlining the growing investment in quality production typical of the Mediterranean area.
The positive trend in the specialised sector continued in the first quarter of this year, with a general increase in registrations. If we compare the trend of vineyard and orchard tractors in the first quarter of 2021 with the figure for the same period in 2020, we see a 63% increase. This is significantly higher than the already substantial growth (+54.4%) recorded by other types of tractors. These figures were released by FederUnacoma President Alessandro Malavolti during the press conference for the presentation of RIVE, the international exhibition of viticulture and winemaking, which will be held in Pordenone from 10 to 12 November. The Federation of Manufacturers will be one of the organising partners, aiming to enhance the role of mechanisation within this specific sector.
The wine sector has an increasingly technological connotation," was stated during the meeting, which was held in April with a greeting from the Minister of Agriculture Stefano Patuanelli. It was also attended by Stefano Zinner, Councillor for Agriculture of the Friuli Venezia Giulia Region, Renato Pujatti, President of Pordenone Fiere, Francesco Terrin, Marketing Area Coordinator of Pordenone Fiere, and Roberto Rinaldin, President of Federacma.
The trade exhibition is a point of reference for wine companies from all over Europe, as the Friuli Region is also a symbolic area for high quality production.
Mechanization and advanced IT systems are the winning levers for the sector," concluded Malavolti, "and for this reason we are looking with great attention at the system of incentives and support that will take shape in the coming months with the implementation of the NRRP (National Recovery and Resilience Plan), which aims at an ecological and digital transition also in agriculture. The Pordenone fair will take place a few weeks after EIMA International in Bologna (19-23 October), contributing, for the segment of specific competence, to the promotion of mechanisation in the European agricultural landscape.