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Italy's Agriculture Minister, Lollobrigida, Takes Strong Stance on Agricultural Policies and Lactalis' Dominant Position

Italy 27.02.2024
Source: The DairyNews
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Italy's Minister of Agriculture, Food Sovereignty, and Forestry, Francesco Lollobrigida, emphasized the pivotal role of agriculture in the country's history and called for a return to the sector's prominence during a recent event at Terme di Saturnia.
Italy's Agriculture Minister, Lollobrigida, Takes Strong Stance on Agricultural Policies and Lactalis' Dominant Position
Speaking at The Market in Masseria, Lollobrigida highlighted agriculture as a strategic sector, essential for ensuring food safety, supporting farmers' incomes, and preventing depopulation in vulnerable areas.

Looking ahead to the upcoming Agrifish meeting on February 26, Lollobrigida expressed Italy's commitment to presenting a document that outlines the nation's vision for agricultural improvement. He emphasized the importance of Europe recognizing agriculture as a fundamental element and called for income-altering proposals to address the sector's challenges.

In a bold move, Minister Lollobrigida revealed that 100 administrative actions have been taken against the multinational milk company, Lactalis, for alleged abuse of its dominant position in Italy. According to Lollobrigida, Lactalis unilaterally revised contracts with Italian milk producers, leading to a reduction in their income. The minister asserted that such actions are forbidden, and Italy expects even major European companies to respect the rules of the nation.

Lollobrigida dismissed concerns about opposition from adversaries, stating that Italy's international standing has improved. He expressed more significant concern for the entire agricultural supply chain's well-being, focusing on the opinions of those involved in the sector.

Addressing recent protests and clashes in Pisa, Lollobrigida called for respect for the police's role in maintaining public safety. She acknowledged the right to protest but emphasized that the police act in the citizens' interest. Expressing hope that political forces would trust the police and base their judgments on facts rather than suspicion, Lollobrigida underscored the importance of supporting law enforcement efforts in maintaining order.
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