A note from Luigi Scordamaglia, CEO of Filiera Italia, on the occasion of the permanent anti-inflation table held today at the Ministry of Business and Made in Italy in the presence of the Business Ministers, Adolfo Urso and the Minister of Agriculture, Francesco Lollobrigida.
“The common commitment to try to keep the prices of basic food items included in the shopping cart of the “anti-inflation quarter” stable, but with the necessary distinctions”, was stated in a note by Luigi Scordamaglia, CEO of Filiera Italia. , on the occasion of the permanent anti-inflation table held today at the Ministry of Business and Made in Italy in the presence of the Business Ministers, Adolfo Urso and the Agriculture Minister, Francesco Lollobrigida.
“Unfortunately, the last three months of the year – underlines Scordamaglia – will be difficult for many agricultural and food producers due to the unpredictability of the cost of energy due to the recent dramatic episodes in the Middle East, due to the cost of money which has largely compensated for the reduction in energy costs in company balance sheets in recent months and due to the sudden transition from excess heat and drought to the sudden arrival of frosts and extreme phenomena which caused yields and production to collapse in large sectors such as fruit and vegetables”, adds Scordamaglia .
“We cannot ask for the same commitments from those who have margins on which to intervene and from those who are unable to cover dramatically exploded production costs – he underlines – this is why we proposed to the Government, which has proven to be highly collaborative on this matter, to entrust to Ismea a transparent analysis to be made public of the production costs and margins of the individual production phases and supply chains that make it clear the difference between those who have to close due to the failure to cover production costs and those who instead speculate”.
Today at the table, Scordamaglia points out, “we heard someone say that an answer to inflation could be to increase imports of low-cost products. This is not the way for Filiera Italia if the low-cost product comes from third countries that do not they respect the rules starting from ethical work”.
An emblematic example in this sense is tomato paste from the Chinese it is approximately half of the tomato produced in Italy, and this is why in recent days Filiera Italia and Coldiretti asked the European Commission to ban the importation of tomatoes from Xinjiang into the EU following the example of the USA, Canada and the United Kingdom .
“With the Government we are committed to promoting the fairest and most accessible price for basic food items for all families, but towards those (fortunately few and well-known) realities that think of taking advantage of this initiative to start buying below cost again of production, with reverse auctions and resorting to other unfair commercial practices, we have already asked for the intervention of the relevant authorities and the application of the rigid sanctions, now finally proportional to the turnover, provided for by the legislation”, concludes Scordamaglia.