A new value-chain for the promotion of organic production from arable crops in the Marche region of Italy
Organic production increased following an RDP project supporting a consortium of farming cooperatives. Activities focused on enhancing the skills of farmers, increasing their storage and processing capacity, and raising consumer awareness about niche organic products.
The project has increased organic production in the region from an initial 4 500 up to 8 000 hectares.
The members now produce about 175 tonnes of pasta based on the old local wheat variety (Triticum turgidum Turanicum) and using organic farming practices.
The project enabled participating farmers to gain an average price that is 100% higher than that of conventional production.