San Marino to become the first organic country in the world

"We announced the project last year and can now confirm that we expect to fully implement it within the next five years," explained Augusto Michelotti, State secretary for the Territory, Environment and Agriculture in the Repubblica di San Marino. 

"Thanks to the collaboration of two great experts in the organic sector - Borri and Bizzocchi - we've drafted a project that will involve all producers. We want San Marino to grow exclusively organic produce. Not only that, the entire state will be organic."

The speaker's table. Second from left: Matteo Selleri. Third from left: Augusto Michelotti

"We started in April 2018 with a first group of producers and will involve all of them over time. Being a small state has its advantages as it's easier to get everyone on board."

The journalist convention organised by Ordine dell'Emilia Romagna, Arga and Fondazione ordine dei giornalisti

One of the obstacles could be the export of organic produce, as San Marino is not part of current trade treaties. "We are working on it as we are negotiating with Brussels so as to be able to export our products all over the European Union."

Tomato sauce

The "Agricoltura innovativa e informazione, mezzi e strumenti" convention was moderated by journalist Matteo Selleri, President of Arga San Marino and took place in Serravalle di San Marino in the multipurpose hall of "Podere Lesignano", a B&B with 40 hectares of vegetable crops, vineyards and olive groves.

Some of the products made by Podere Lesignano

The three San Marino castles in the background

As explained by owner Stefano Valentini, the company processes fruits and vegetables to make compotes, preserves and sauces.

Podere Lesignano
Via Dei Dativi, 73 -
Serravalle - Repubblica di San Marino
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