"We started the fall-winter carrot campaign in early October on 100 hectares. One beneficial commercial trend is to have suitable sales agreement in place with the European retail chains before sowing is carried out," explains Sergio Trevisan (in the photo), sales manager for Gruppo Mazzoni - Fresh Division.
"Of the 100 hectares cultivated, 60% is uncovered while the rest is covered with mulching films. We will cover the company's needs until late April, then we will continue with the Sicilian production."
Although the weather has not been exactly favorable, Mazzoni registered yields of 60 tons per hectare and quality is very good with grades 20/40 and a few exceptions of grades 40+."
"The fact that we own over a thousand hectares of sandy soils with good water availability means we can rotate crops (tomatoes, potatoes), which is an added value. Current quotations are €0.25/kg and have been stable for over a month. As usual, if there are any variations, they will be upwards."
After a few years of productive instability that have led to marked fluctuations of weekly quotations, the situation has stabilized over the last 4/5 years on the Adriatic coast as well and there have been no shortages and no excesses.
"This has generated economic sustainability for the entire chain. It is also true that 70% of the production is carried out by professional players and that productions are planned with Italian and foreign clients."