NAPLES (ITALPRESS) – Agriculture meets innovation. Italy is teaming up with Israel to meet the challenges of the future and to work together to find possible solutions to the food crisis that threatens to affect the entire world. This is the meaning of the two-day “Techagriculture”, the international meeting held in Naples, at the technology center of San Giovanni a Teduccio of the University of Federico II. There are many old and new topics on the table. Looking to the future, there is a debate about photovoltaics and the need to increasingly capture a “precision” agriculture that improves performance by reducing costs and adapting to climate change. The debate on the impact of the agri-food emergency has a more current impact: from the exponential rise in the price of wheat and raw materials to the blocking of exports from whole countries, which, however, risk bringing others, importers, to their knees. .even the hunger alarm sounds.
The objectives of the initiative also include the exchange and exchange of know-how in the field of agricultural innovation. In this, Italy listens carefully because there is so much to learn from a global player like Israel.
“The bridge that starts today from Naples and reaches Tel Aviv is not a bridge that connects two production areas and two agricultural models, but it is a bridge that wants to connect the whole Mediterranean region. “Today we want to give a signal from the union of Italy and Israel,” said Massimiliano Giansanti, president of Confagricoltura, who pushed hard for the meeting to take place with the Israeli ambassador to Italy, Dror Eydar. “The two countries, combining their technologies in such a difficult time, are proving that agriculture can produce more while conserving natural resources and responding to the demand for sustainability, at a time when the food crisis is dramatic,” Giansanti explained. But at the University of San Giovanni a Teduccio, in addition to Federico II Rector Matteo Lorito and Naples Mayor Gaetano Manfredi, there are three Italian government ministers to lay out how the appointment could lay the groundwork for a structural change. in the field of agriculture.
“Today’s initiative offers some very interesting ideas that we will be working on in the coming weeks,” said Mara Carfagna, the minister for southern and territorial cohesion. of agriculture in the great challenges we face, starting with that of climate change “.
“This is a moment of great dynamism, this initiative of the Israeli embassy in Italy and the Confagricoltura is more appropriate than ever,” said Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio, who did not give up before leaving for New York, where he will attend. in an important session on food security. “Right now the food insecurity created by the Russian invasion of Ukraine is creating instability around the world, especially on the most vulnerable continents such as Africa and Latin America. That is why we believe it is time to invest more and more in technologies, only 6% of Italian agriculture is affected by 4.0 processes, we must start to increase this number more and more “.
Minister of Agriculture, Food and Forestry Stefano Patuanelli, on the other hand, is sounding the alarm about rising wheat costs: “Right now the issue of raw material prices is a central issue. Profiteering is happening, this is Europe’s real mistake: it does not guarantee the full transparency of the markets and it does not guarantee the ability to evaluate stocks and understand the material that exists. As for the wheat shortages – Patuanelli continues – I remind you that we are selling the wheat we harvested last year, not this year. It is clear that there is no quantity problem, but it is associated almost exclusively with speculative phenomena. “Europe must do more in this.”
And among the protagonists of the various panels is Vodafone Italia, with the director of the 5G Program, Sabrina Baggioni.
“5G represents an opportunity for greater efficiency and sustainability of the entire agricultural sector,” says Baggioni. Extremely wide bandwidth, very low latency and the ability to connect millions of objects per square kilometer are features that allow monitoring and control of the entire supply chain, from the field to the distribution. From our observatory, through the Action for 5G call for innovative start-ups and SMEs – he concludes – we record a strong growth in projects dedicated to Agrifood, synonymous with a productive industry that is increasingly interested in reaping the benefits of new technologies.
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