The Abruzzo truffle fair is born

The promotional exhibition for the “Tartufo d’Abruzzo” is born and the first news on the sector’s regulations arrive. During the last Regional Council, important changes were approved to the law governing the sector and among the new features is the establishment of the Abruzzo truffle promotional fair with the clear intention of promoting the promotion and enhancement of the local product on the national and European markets.

The planning of this event is entrusted to the Regional Council which, on an annual basis, in agreement with the truffle associations, has the task of arranging the program and the organizational methods. “The regulatory measures I have been proposing and rapporteur – comments the president of the Regional Commission for Agriculture, Economic Development and Production Activities, Lorenzo Berardinetti – are the result of a careful analysis of current needs and aim to give direct implementation of the original device to give concreteness to the activities related to the protection, enhancement and promotion of the truffle, also with regard to the growing need for greater vigilance and control and the no longer deferred need to give the Abruzzo truffle the right recognition outside the regional borders “.

“This initiative aims to achieve the same results as regions such as Piedmont with the international fair in Alba, Umbria with the Norcia market exhibition or other national events such as those of San Miniato in Tuscany and that of Acqualagna in the Marche region. – continues Berardinetti – who manage to attract many visitors.
Another important innovation introduced with regard to the collection, marketing, protection and enhancement of truffles in Abruzzo (LR 66/2012) is the preparation of an annual funding program to promote and support initiatives aimed at scientific research, experimentation and training and qualification. technical-professional collectors, as well as the protection, enhancement and monitoring of truffles “.

It is also expected that the annual program “can be integrated with operational programs aimed at activating specific interventions such as the creation of cartography with the consequent realization of maps of the entire region in which the aptitudes of the soil to produce truffles are highlighted.

“The intent – explains the president of the Agriculture Commission – is to finance, thanks to a new and fairer allocation of the amounts acquired for the issue of truffle harvesting permits in the region, these programs and to identify the methods and criteria by which allocate the sums, as well as the beneficiaries of the contributions The actors involved in these actions will be the associations of the truffle that will benefit from specific grants reserved for them by initiatives promoted by themselves. continuous work of comparison with the truffle associations and improving the regulatory framework to position Abruzzo in the first places among the most advanced regions in this sector “.