Molise a model for the future of Italian olive growing?

Molise a model for the future of Italian olive growing?
Molise a model for the future of Italian olive growing?
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An afternoon dedicated, after the greeting of the landlord, the mayor Nicola Altobelli, to the olive tree and the oil of Molise with two protagonists in comparison: the National Association of Oil Cities, represented by its President, Michele Sonnessa, and the “Olio Evo Molisano” Food District, with its promoter Luigi Di Majo, acclaimed president. There are many common objectives, first of all that of a relaunch of olive growing, organic and in respect of its precious biodiversity, and of an image of the quality of its oil, strongly linked to the origin. of oil tourism, a great desire for Molise and the treasures of its territory, small, but rich in beauty and goodness. A commitment that has the meaning of a slap in the face of all those who have reduced Italian olive growing to little, today it has fallen below one million hectares, with 30% of them abandoned. Even to those who, with the fashion of super-intensive olive groves (one of the disasters of the god of money and the contempt of one’s identity), have launched an attack on the Italian primacy of biodiversity, with its more than 600 varieties scattered in the 18 olive growing regions, who want say more than double the rest of the world. .

The occasion for this difficult commitment was the delivery of the 28th flag of the Cities of Oil, with the olivine designed by Ro Marcenaro, to a small town, Monteroduni, with its houses that wind around a small hill that at the top it has a bell tower and a castle, that of the Pignatelli. The principles of the past, who, here in Molise, with the cultivation of the olive tree and the culture of oil, continue to confront the Colonna, also their princes, who, with the descendant Marina, produce oil in San Martino in Pensilis , not far from the Tremiti sea, the one that goes from Termoli to the Gargano.

Monteroduni, the homeland of the “Paesana bank” and the “Paesana nera”, two of the 19 varieties that characterize Molise’s olive biodiversity, which have the merit of connecting the beautiful landscapes of the Matese and Mainarde up to S. Vincenzo al Volturno. Immediately after the delivery of the flag, the start of a debate of great interest, which is worth reporting because it opens up to the Molise olive growing of tomorrow and puts agriculture back at the center of economic, social and cultural development, and, with it, its primary sector is olive growing. Starting from Venafro and Larino, the two cities, which, over the millennia, owe their greatness and fame to agriculture, their olive trees and their oils, “Aurino”, once known as ” di Licinio or Liciniano ”, and“ Gentile ”, one third of the oil produced in Molise. The two cities that have not stopped renewing their fame, thanks to far-sighted administrators of the 90s, with Larino cradle (December 17, 1994) of the National Association of Oil Cities, and Venafro seat of the first Park and, all now unique in the world, dedicated to the olive tree.

Since that cold day in December almost thirty years ago in Larino, with 32 constituent municipalities, today there are over 423 Cities of Oil, a reality that Covid has not blocked, but, thanks to the administrative bodies and the enthusiasm of its new president, Michele Sonnessa, supported by the projects and programs of the management of Antonio Balenzano, has seen the growth of 124 new members, including large cities, starting with the capital, Rome, the Municipality, by extension, more agricultural of Italy. And the president Sonnessa, with the usual passion, spoke about the program of initiatives of the Association, focusing on the recovery of abandoned olive groves and on the importance of oil tourism as a guiding thread for promoting the quality and origin of it. , which is in the territories. As such, in the Cities of Oil, especially the small businesses that, in the development of this program, can find the reason for their rebirth. There are many other initiatives that have everything to relaunch that role of Molise and its image of “Land of Olive and Oil”. Initiatives that, only through constant and effective coordination, can see the 28 oil cities associated today and those that have everything to become as protagonists. Especially today – continued the president Sonnessa – that the Association, after having made, with its vice president Nicola Malorni, the contribution to the birth of the “Olio Evo Molisano” Food District, feels an active part in the development and implementation of the projects that constitute the program of the new reality, established in June in Campomarino. “Many and demanding – underlined, taking the floor, the President of L’Olio Evo Molisano, Dr. Luigi Di Majo – and all with the aim of painting the Molise hills with olive green even more, that is 47% of the territory of the smaller region, second only to the Aosta Valley. A great opportunity – he said – to relaunch olive growing with the quality of its oils and the promotion of the same in Italy and in the world, also useful for giving fame to the territories of origin and, with them, to the whole of Molise. With olive growing, we can relaunch agriculture, which has been and must return to being at the center of a balanced and not decompensated development like the current one. In this sense, the goal of another 10 thousand hectares of olive groves, to be added to the current 14 thousand, which need resources, not only financial, but above all human, especially the young Molise. With the development of this objective, they have the possibility of remaining in Molise and relaunching the small municipalities (almost all of them) before the state of abandonment becomes definitive ”. To illustrate the projects of the Consortium, Dr. Manlio Cassandro took care of it and, to enrich the interesting debate, the interventions of the national vice president of the Oil Cities, Dr. Nicola Malorni; of the entrepreneur Ing. Antonio Sandro Valerio, of the family owner of the Pignatelli olive grove and of the homonymous winery; by dr. Emilio Pesino, president of the Venafro olive tree regional historical park; by Fabrizio Fazzi, the organizer of the event, who wanted to thank the mayor and his collaborators, the speakers and the large audience for his attention. Also present in the salon, Simone D’Angelo, the director of the documentary “Gocce” which, with Fausto, the olive tree of Guardialfiera in the foreground, is enjoying success with prizes from important exhibitions and reviews.

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A meeting, coordinated by Anna Russo, which saw two associative realities – one of bodies and institutions, the other of producers, associations and cooperatives – which, together, can give, with the development of olive growing, a new image to Molise, its territory, its agriculture and its food, strengthening what it already has and carrying out other initiatives, starting with an “organic Molise Evo Oil” to affirm sustainability and give relief to the sick climate. A beautiful meeting, which honored the flag of the Oil Cities, today in the hands of the community, which, through this symbol, can find what it takes to be proud of their roots, protected by the territory, the common good that is increasingly in need of new dreams. to be transformed into ideas, projects, the future, and, since we are talking about oil, do it with the hope that everything will slide smoothly, as is its nature.

The article is in Italian

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