This season has been unusual, both in terms of the weather and because of the pandemic situation. The product has proved to be of high quality and this has been a sheet anchor. Primo Asparago produces organic asparagus in Veneto and the manager Renzo Moro described the trend so far.
"There's about a 20% crop left and I think we'll finish around 8 May. Since we have a greenhouse, we first started marketing when the Coronavirus emergency had not yet exploded. When the Italian market froze, we had foreign markets as a destination, as most countries operated a total lockdown about 15 days later than Italy."
The favorable weather conditions made it possible to start the asparagus harvest in greenhouses around 24 February. The Orto Veneto company, thanks to a very advanced processing system, can package tailor-made asparagus according to the indications requested by the Italian or foreign client and carries out daily shipments of full or partial pallets.
"By starting the harvest so early," he added, "we didn't have any particular problems with the manpower. Our group of skilled workers, who have worked with us for years, are a small community which isolated its own, avoiding any contact with the external environment. Just like we did, after all. This has allowed us to proceed without great difficulty. It's obvious that, like almost all companies, the costs increased due to the regulations for spacing, shifts, protective equipment."
In the end, Moro is convinced that the final GSP will not diverge much from the estimated total, even though the costs will increase. "The foreign market has responded very well - he concluded - also thanks to the quality, which has always proved to be high. It has been our greatest advantage."