A good year and shallots now out of stock. This is the situation of the Lombard company Belgiardino, led by Nadia Marzaroli and Fulvio Curioni, which in 2019 cultivated 7 hectares of shallots.
"We focused on this product - explains Curioni - because our territory is particularly suited for it. In the past we also cultivated onions, but it is certainly a more inflated item. Whereas the first quality shallots always have a very interesting market".
The harvest had a good yield. The product was dug by machine in July and then picked by hand. The yield was around 220 tons. "We were satisfied with how the production went - adds Curioni - and in the same way we are satisfied with the selling price. We will know all the numbers only at the end of the sales, but the average is already promising".
Personal satisfaction aside, Curioni is concerned about the national agricultural sector. "Every day we see imports even in sectors where the national product is available, whereas we should give priority to what is provided by Italian farmers, and only then leave space to foreign products. In the same way I am disappointed by the unions, which are not up to their role in defending the agricultural world. They just offer services, for example to untangle bureaucracy, but they do not bring real benefits to producers".
"Unfortunately farms are to blame as well - concludes Curioni - since they don't work together and thus succumb to the overwhelming power of those who are aggregated".
Società Agricola Belgiardino
Via Cascina Belgiardino
26836 Montanaso Lombardo (Lodi)