In Sardinia, crowds gather in the squares to protest against the general crisis of the sheep and goats rearing sector. To this regard, the Italian Farmers Association, along with a delegation of farmers from Sardinia chose to start talks and negotiations with institutions: the main goal is still rescuing around 12,000 island companies on the verge of collapsing. It’s easy to see the reason: price of Pecorino Romano cheese has been basically cut in half, decreasing from €9.50 per kilogram to €5.20 per kilogram, with grave repercussions on price of milk at the stable which lost over 50% of its value.
Pecorino Romano and proposals in the talks
Various proposals have been submitted, with the end goal to safeguard the income of producers and farmers saving them from the relentless downward spiral of prices, from the activation of a Guarantee Fund to the necessary elimination of Agea Contest for the needy with the inclusion of Pecorino Romano in the product basket, passing through the automated payment of communitarian obligations. Among other things, representatives ask for facilitated access to agricultural loans with interest protection through the use of De Minimis, activation of a regional rotation Fund made accessible by agricultural companies, directly guaranteed by stocked products already present in the warehouses.
Structural and organizational interventions that are needed by the sheep and goats rearing industry have also been inserted in the proposals. There is emphasis on the necessity to face the problem of production organization, which is strongly scattered, as an example by fostering an Interprofessional approach, even in case of specific products (Dop and Igp). All of this along a valorization of the Sardinian quality brand as identity instrument to recognize productions, managed by agricultural companies and regional agro-industrial organs.
Farmers and breeders of the island can only hope their instances will be accepted and all the necessary measures will be implemented in a timely manner in order not to waste a unique heritage of knowledge and professions and to guarantee the livelihood of thousands of families in Sardinia.