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Italy: Emilia-Romagna and Delawareat Macfrut 2013 to promote Abate pears in the US

An agreement between the Emilia-Romagna region and the State of Delaware to promote Abate pears in the US was reached after the historic decision to open the borders to pears and apples coming from Italy. The agreement was signed by Tiberio Rabboni, Regional Councillor for Agriculture, and Edwin Kee, Delaware's Secretary of Agriculture, on 25th September in Cesena, at the end of the "Nuove relazioni tra Stati Uniti ed Unione Europea: opportunità per il sistema ortofrutticolo" (New relations between United States and European Union: opportunities for the produce world) conference.

The conference was promoted by the Emilia-Romagna region. Paolo De Castro, chairman of the Agriculture Commission of the EU Parliament, and Nunzia De Girolamo, ministry for agricultural policies, took part.

The proposals of the Italian regions to relaunch PDO and PGI products were at the centre of the second conference attended by the Emilia-Romagna region, held on Thursday 26th September at 10 am. At the "DOP e IGP - Prodotti di qualità: il motore del sistema ortofrutticolo europeo nel mondo" (PDO and PGI - High quality produce: the engine behind the European fruit and vegetable system worldwide) conference, some of the most successful European products were discussed, i.e., Rocha do Oeste PDO pears, PGI D'Agen plums, PGI red chicory from Trevso and PDO garlic from Voghera.

Many meetings dedicated to the students of agricultural institutes were held at the Emilia-Romagna region stand, Pavilion G /Stand 77-79 104-106. A conference was also been on 26th September at 2.30 pm on "Esperienze di soluzioni innovative a basso impatto nella produzione integrata" (Experiences of innovative low impact solutions for integrated production).

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