In the growing season, South Tyrol's orchards are particularly beautiful - as a shimmering sea of flowers in spring, in lush greenery over the summer and with colorful fruits at harvest time. Many South Tyrol vacationers love these pictures so much that they spend their holidays in these areas. However, cyclists and walkers often ask questions when they observe the farmers working in the meadows: how much water is used here? What is being sprayed? What is the difference between integrated and organic farming? A new info folder provides information and is especially helpful for tourist operators, says South Tyrol News.
The info folder was prepared by the South Tyrolean Apple Consortium and was published in cooperation with the HGV as an aid to the South Tyrolean tourism operators: for their own information, but also for distribution to holiday guests who express doubts or criticism.
The new info folder is a supplement to the existing information and advertising material about South Tyrolean apples. It differs in that it deals specifically with the cultivation and related aspects and specifically addresses new or critical issues: organic and integrated, biodiversity, crop protection and water consumption, landscape and the much-cited herbicide glyphosate - no topic is left out.
"Information is desired"
"Again and again we are confronted with questions from the population and we know that holiday guests like to have more information about fruit growing in South Tyrol as well - after all, they enjoy their South Tyrolean apples at home," says Georg Kössler, chairman of the South Tyrolean apple consortium. The South Tyrolean fruit industry has been working for years to strengthen education and information about cultivation: "Therefore thank the HGV for their support in our efforts to inform vacationers about the work of the South Tyrolean fruit farmers."
The new info folder is now available in printed and digital versions. The topics are worked out in three languages: German, Italian and English. The folders are located in the HGV district offices as well as in the tourism association buildings. It was also distributed to the members of the Association of Private Rooms Landlords of South Tyrol VPS and to the farmers who admit guests.
Source: South Tyrol News