At via Fieravicola Poultry Forum from 4 to 6 May

(Adnkronos) – Three days of meetings and insights on strategic issues for the poultry sector: production and consumption, international markets today in the face of the war crisis, research and innovation, future strategies, economic and environmental sustainability. Fieravicola Poultry Forum & B2B, scheduled at Rimini Expo Center from 4 to 6 May, will be an opportunity for the protagonists of the Italian and international poultry sector to meet, starting from the contents and with the aim of identifying shared strategies. The supply chain, producers, innovative technology companies and representative and scientific associations, responded compactly to the appointment and will be the protagonist at the first edition with all the top production players present: Veronesi-Aia Group, Amadori Group, Fileni, Martini, Guidi , Eurovo.

For the supply chain, the event will also be an opportunity not to disperse existing relationships and to update a fundamental networking system to identify winning strategies, starting from the needs of the sector. The program prepared over the three days was intense. Wednesday 4 May we will talk about consumption and trends in the Italian market for poultry meat and eggs with the presentation of an Ismea study and a round table between the main producers and representatives of the large-scale distribution. The second day (May 5) will have a more international slant, with foreign speakers and 3 conference slots that will respectively propose a round table on the international dynamics of agricultural raw materials, a focus on the path of Italian and European poultry farming towards sustainability and a conference dedicated to the comparison between experiences and models in world poultry farming.

For the part dedicated to scientific study scheduled for May 6, third day of the Poultry Forum and edited in collaboration with WPSA (World’s Poultry Science Association), Sipa (Italian Society of Avian Pathology) and Asic (Italian Scientific Association of Rabbit Breeding), I am the program focuses on new perspectives for in ovo sexing, zoonosis prevention strategies and the effective management of influenza viruses as well as the care of animal welfare, at the center of the scientific tables with interventions by international researchers and scholars.

The specifically professional event is scheduled in even years alternating with Fieravicola which will take place in odd ones, scheduled at the same time as Macfrut, the international fruit and vegetable fair. Poultry Forum & B2B is promoted by Fieravicola in collaboration with Assoavi, Unaitalia and the scientific associations that will animate the scientific study: Wpsa (World’s Poultry Science Association), Sipa (Italian Society of avian pathology) and Asic (Italian scientific association of rabbit farming) .

“We have thought of a very professional and innovative cut – declares the president of Fieravicola, Renzo Piraccini – for this appointment, starting from the needs of the sector. Today we can say that the Poultry Forum compacts the entire supply chain and it is a result that we welcome with great satisfaction because we are convinced that only together we can overcome the challenges facing this rapidly evolving sector “.

“The initiative of the Poultry Forum – says Stefano Gagliardi, director of Assoavi – was born to give continuity to the work started last year on the occasion of the first Fieravicola event in Rimini. The event will be an opportunity for discussion on the topics of greatest interest, in such a delicate moment as the current one, starting from the examination of consumption trends, the remuneration of products and the relationship with the large-scale distribution “.

“The context of economic and geopolitical uncertainty we live in – explains Lara Sanfrancesco, director of Unaitalia – makes the debate at Fieravicola even more topical, where we will address the key issues of the sector from a system perspective and with international players, to give companies and operators have the right perspective in this difficult phase marked by the increase in the cost of raw materials. The current scenario has also made it clear that the objectives and targets of the European Farm to Fork strategy require in-depth reflection and an adequate impact study in order to allow the agri-food sector and our businesses to be sustainable, not only from an environmental point of view, but also from an economic and social point of view “.

“The poultry sector – says Fabio Del Bravo, of Ismea – is an exception on the Italian scene in several respects. First of all because it is 107% self-sufficient and in a time of crisis in global chains this makes the difference. Secondly, because it is a highly integrated supply chain. Its criticalities are on the front of the costs of raw materials for feed which, in the face of the increases in the prices of corn and soybeans of the order of 90% and 44% since January 2021, has undergone an increase in the cost of production around to 40%. On the consumption front, poultry meat held up in 2021, while eggs were down in a trend that seems to continue into this beginning of the year. At Poultry, we will try to deal with producers and distribution on these issues also with the help of the results of a survey on 3,000 families, still in the field, which will provide us with interesting insights into the reaction and perception by consumers with respect to the ‘increase in the prices of food products, with a specific vertical on the poultry sector ”.

“The poultry sector – says President Coldiretti, Ettore Prandini – represents one of the most strategic excellences of the made in Italy agri-food sector and for this reason the Poultry Forum represents an important opportunity to highlight our strength. Without forgetting that it is one of the sectors that is suffering the most from the rise in production costs. Coldiretti is committed to promoting and enhancing our farming model which is more sustainable than the European average and which guarantees quality meat at an affordable price for Italian and international consumers. This is one of the few sectors in which we are self-sufficient and even more to be defended precisely for its ability to offer many jobs ”.

“Our task – underlines the undersecretary of Mipaaf, Francesco Battistoni – is to maintain high quality standards in the poultry sector to defend our made in Italy from external attacks and not to lose all the achievements that we have achieved in the agri-food sector in recent years. It would be a serious mistake to lower our defenses precisely in a historical period in which, from the outside, there are requests that go against our breeders such as the pressing call to ‘synthetic meat’. Opening the doors to such food sophistication would be like letting in a Trojan Horse within our supply chain would do nothing but destroy it “.

“Even in Europe – continues Battistoni – we are witnessing a continuous call to achieve the objectives of the Farm to Fork and food self-sufficiency. It would be important that European strategies take into consideration the various agri-food sectors and the policies implemented by them in achieving the objectives “.

“Fortunately, the poultry sector is already self-sufficient for over 107%, so what we cannot afford is to put the environment and sustainability in conflict with the income of our breeders and farmers. So Farm to Fork is good, but with the right balances and correct evaluations ”, he concludes.

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