LAVERDA AND 'PANE DI ALTAMURA', A WINNING MIX IN AN INTEGRATED SUPPLY CHAIN PROJECT CO-FINANCED BY THE REGION OF PUGLIA IN AN EFFORT TO SUPPORT TYPICAL AND TRADITIONAL ITALIAN FOOD
The integrity and cleanliness of the grain, synonymous with the wholesomeness of harvested wheat, are the essential prerequisites for bread that tastes good and is good for you, a requirement that Laverda meets one hundred percent.
Breganze, February 2013. In July 2003, Pane di Altamura was granted PDO (Protected Designation of Origin) status within Europe.
In addition to the PDO status for this product, as part of the 2007/2013 Rural Development Program (RDP) the Region of Puglia co-financed an Integrated Food Supply Chain Project (PIF), titled "pro PDO Altamura", which involves various entities becoming part of a Temporary Association of Scope (ATS). This is what engineer Giovanni Lacalamita informs us. He, along with his brother Francesco, participates with his family farm at PIF, coordinating and supporting the valuable initiative within an association of producers of durum wheat from Murgia Barese. The project involves the creation of individual investments, distinguished by the various implementation plans of PSR but coordinated with each other and aimed at the development of new products, processes and technologies in the food industry. The target is to improve food quality, increase the value added of agricultural products as well as their commercial value, provide professional training and information, promote the use of consulting services by farmers and finally the modernization of agricultural companies.
The company Lacalamita is also part of the program of cooperation for the development of new products, processes and technologies in the agriculture and food sector, being an experimental company which works in collaboration with the Faculty of Agriculture of University of Bari Aldo Moro, for which Giovanni is the contact person.
The "pro DOP Altamura" project was approved on June 17, 2011 and published in the Official Bulletin of the Region of Puglia on June 23, 2011, becoming a part of the final classification of the grain growing sector.
The topic dealt by PIF is related to "Pane di Altamura", a bakery product and a basic element of the diet of the inhabitants of Alta Murgia, but also nationally renowned and popular for its unquestionable organoleptic qualities. This product, which in our imagination is associated with the sun, the scents and bright colors of Puglia and is part of the farm tradition of the region, is obtained from the flour of durum wheat, derived from the milling of grains grown in a very specific geographical area comprising the territories of the municipalities of Altamura, Gravina di Puglia, Poggiorsini, Spinazzola and Minervino Murge in the province of Bari.
ATS was formed in July 21, 2011 for this purpose, Lacalamita says, and was joined by the Consortium of Producers of wheat from Murgia Barese, the Consortium for the promotion and protection of the PDO "Pane di Altamura", by companies involved in the storage of durum wheat, by cereal millers and bakers and finally by the Faculty of Agriculture at the University of Bari Aldo Moro. The university led the design and implementation effort of PIF, providing for the pursuit of objectives set by RDP.
In the implementation framework, the region of Puglia allowed investments in the project starting from 2009 as a sign of participation and towards the selection of PIF.
With regard to the modernization of farms, PIF has provided for the purchase of two Laverda harvesters: M 304 and M 304 LSI, in possession of ATS since 2009.
These harvesting machines have been equipped with precision technology consisting of a CERES 8000i performance monitor, a D-GPS satellite antenna, a data printer, moisture and yield sensors suitable for mapping yield or, in general, for collecting data from the fields of experimental farms involved in the project.
The processing of data collected from the fields has led to the creation of prescription maps for distribution of the means of production in varying doses during seeding and fertilizing. Thus databases were established and expanded each season, important for paper or computerized traceability of agricultural production.
In the same context, new agricultural systems were created with the introduction of precision technology, capable of enhancing agrotechniques related to environmental protection and human health protection.
Experimental activities are still continuing and scheduled to end with the 2013 harvest, but thanks to the use of Laverda comine-harvesters with their specific technologies, results have already been seen with regard to the 'integrity and cleanliness of the grain', synonymous with the wholesomeness of the crop. As far as the results related to yield are concerned, it is expected to increase. This can be verified only with the 2013 harvest, planned from the fertilization and sowing stage in 2012 and carried out at varying doses in different parts of the field, according to the results obtained from the technological devices which the Laverda combines have been equipped with.
In this way the only recognition in Europe for "Pane di Altamura", the "Protected Designation of Origin" status, can be protected and sponsored, The objective is to improve the processes inherent in both the production phase of the grain as well as in that of transformation, in order to obtain typical products of high quality and, therefore, efficient production, characterized by the sustainable management of natural resources and maintainance of territorial balance and diversity of rural areas, as Lacalamita explains.
The “Pro Altamura PDO” has brought considerable benefits to the area. If we add to this the fact that the M 304 and M 304 LSI, harvesters, the protagonist in the field for this project, are emblems of the harvest and the threshing of grain in the Murge territory, we can rightly conclude that Laverda has made a valuable contribution to the success of this program. In fact the quality of a food product depends on each single processing step and, in this case, also on all the operations related to harvesting.
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