Martedì, 25 Settembre 2018

Italy's food industry feeling the heat


(ANSA) - Rome, September 12 - Italy's food sector, one of
the mainstays of the country's economy, is feeling the effects
of low rainfall that has hit harvests during a long hot summer.
The Italian food industry's output fell 1.5% in July
compared to the same month in 2011, national statistics agency
Istat said on Wednesday.
Farmers' association Coldiretti said that the trend is
likely to continue in the coming months because the industry is
expected to encounter problems finding raw materials.
It said the heat has reduced the harvests of corn, tomatoes
and soya by 30%, 35% and 40% respectively, while pears are 22%
down and apples are 13% down.
Coldiretti added that sugar beet and sunflower harvests
were expected to be 20% down and milk production is likely to be
hit by a 10% reduction.

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