2012 data on domestic productive areas shows how Veneto is the leader with 1,626 hectares in front of Campania (1,340 hectares), Puglia (1,273) and Emilia-Romagna (703). Lazio (526) Piedmont (368) and Tuscany (169) follow , with all the other regions under 100 hectares.
Despite a progressive decrease in the worldwide production (from 1.3 million tons in 2000 to little more than 1 million tons in 2010), America and Europe are experiencing an opposite trend: in 2010 America accounted for around 45% of harvest worldwide (29.4% in 2000), while Europe was at 25.7% (19.3% ten years earlier). Asia is decreasing as the produce destined for fresh consumption dropped, and so it went from 49.3% to 27.5%.
As regards single countries, if we compare the 2008-2010 average with 2000-2002 (Fao data), Peru surpassed China: 325 thousand tons (31% of the global production) against 260 thousand (25%). At the beginning of the Noughties, China produced over 560 thousand tons, 45% of the total.
Italy is a leader in Europe in green asparagus cultivation, whereas competitor countries (mostly Germany and Spain) mainly produce white asparagus. Asparagus has a lot of potential on the domestic market, as very few families buy it: the number of those who bought it at least once does not surpass 40%. In the last decade however, that figure increased by 10%.
During his speech, Trentini (in the photo) stressed the need to find new cultivars and use cultivation techniques with a low environmental impact, as well as promote the product thanks to its Pdo and Pgi marks. (In Italy there are four "certified" varieties: Badoere, Cimadolmo and Altedo have the Pgi mark and Bassano has the Pdo mark).
On top of this, there is the need to act as a team - there are still too many companies that operate alone - and have a sales strategy that can create strong brands.