Ministry of Agriculture Food and Forestry Policies
Minister of Agriculture Food and Forestry Policies
Tradition, history, and culture. These are the main elements representing the strength of a strategic sector such as the Italian nursery gardening one.
It must be incentivized and protected for the importance it has from a productive, economic, and occupational point of view and because it is a sector destined to achieve a more and more centralised role in the upcoming years. Therefore, we must be aware that investing in green means first of all investing in the community’s health and wellness, contributing in making our urban centres more sustainable. This is why we are committed in confirming, despite the difficulties caused by the last Budget Law, an important instrument such as the Green Bonus, which we decided to finance with the resources of the same Ministry of Agricultural Policies. It is an indispensable instrument fundamental for a real Green Deal project. In this direction is also included what foreseen in the Budget, regarding the reduction of the tax base (5% limit) for the activities aimed at the commercialisation of live plants and floriculture products among agricultural entrepreneurs and the commitment we have undertaken, embracing the initiative launched by Slow Food and Comunità Laudato sì, of increasing at national level the planting of new trees. Another important part of the work regards the strengthening of the phytosanitary system. I am convinced of the needs to deal with the damages suffered in the past by the sector and that continue to persist due to the speculation regarding the Xylella fastidiosa matter, used by our foreign competitors to justify the restrictions to the detriment of Italian exports, which have created negative repercussions not only in economic terms, but also of image.
My commitment is to strongly reaffirm that Italy is and must be considered by all effects, except for the areas involved, a Xylella free area.
My encouragement is to work joining forces to promote and protect, with concrete and shared actions, one of the most important sectors of our Country.