Agriculture: key sector for the Mediterranean economy

A press conference was held on the opening day of Agrilevante by Undersecretary for Agriculture Patrizio Giacomo La Pietra and ICE president Matteo Zoppas on the theme "Agriculture and cooperation: a policy for the Mediterranean". During the meeting, the central role of mechanisation in enhancing the agricultural economies of North Africa and the Balkans, areas of growing interest for Italian industries in the sector, was stressed.

The Mediterranean represents an area of great potential from an economic and commercial point of view, both for the growth of the Gross Domestic Product of many countries and for the overall improvement of agricultural productivity. The countries of North Africa, in particular, are registering a significant increase in GDP, and the data reported in the Internationalia/FederUnacoma surveys forecast in 2023 a growth in Egypt of 4.4%, in Libya of 17.9%, in Algeria of 3.1%, in Morocco of 3.3% and in Tunisia of 1.9%. A driving role is being played in these economies by the agricultural sector, which is registering increasing investment in the purchase of machinery and equipment for the region's typical supply chains. This was discussed at the Fiera di Bari, during the press conference that followed the inauguration of Agrilevante, the exhibition of agricultural machinery for the Mediterranean, being held until Sunday 8 October.

The agricultural technology market - it was noted during the meeting attended by FederUnacoma President Mariateresa Maschio, Undersecretary to the Ministry of Agriculture, Food Sovereignty and Forestry Giacomo La Pietra, and ICE Agency President Matteo Zoppas - is growing throughout the area, where investments in advanced mechanical equipment are becoming increasingly strategic to cope with climate change and ensure that food requirements are met.

In this perspective, the Italian industry can boast positions of excellence - stressed president Mariateresa Maschio - for the wide range of technologies produced, capable of meeting the needs of every model of agriculture. The agro-mechanical sector - added Zoppas - is weighing ever more heavily on our export performance, despite uncertainties relating to the geopolitical landscape, high raw material prices, and growing competition from emerging countries. In addition to consolidating on traditional reference markets, agricultural machinery must focus on the new strategic areas of North Africa and the Balkans, which, the ICE president stressed, are investing in latest-generation technologies to improve standards of quality, sustainability and productivity in their respective agricultural economies.

Agriculture is called upon to play a leading role not only in emerging realities, for which food safety is a priority issue, but also for a country like Italy that has always been characterised by the excellence of its production. Our agricultural system - Patrizio Giacomo La Pietra commented - can raise its quality standards even higher through a 'system strategy', with long-term collaboration between all the players in the supply chain. In this perspective, it is necessary to strengthen the incentive tools aimed at renewing and modernising the machinery fleet, whose advanced age does not meet the production requirements of modern agriculture. For this reason - concluded the undersecretary - a strong and pragmatic interlocution is necessary at all levels of governance, European, national, and regional.

The latest FederUnacoma press releases


EIMA 2024, a driving force for Italian-Serbian cooperation

The 46th edition of the Bologna exhibition was presented this morning in Novi Sad (Serbia) during a conference on agricultural robots. High automation technologies strategic to increase the productivity of an increasingly specialised agricultural economy like Serbia. High innovation at the heart of EIMA 2024, which inaugurates the REAL area dedicated to testing and practical demonstrations of robots.

EIMA 2024, innovative technologies for Morocco's agriculture

The press conference to present EIMA 2024 was held this afternoon in Meknés, in the setting of the Siam agricultural fair. Morocco's increasingly competitive agriculture is showing a growing demand for innovative technologies to counter the effects of climate change. The great Bologna exhibition is one of the most eagerly awaited events by farmers and technicians in the North African country.

Agricultural machinery, market down in the first three months of the year

The first quarter of the year marks a substantial decline in sales for all types of agricultural machinery. Tractors and combine harvesters fell by 25% and 56.7% respectively, tractors with loading platform by 18.4%. Negative sign also for trailers (- 6.1%) and telehandlers (- 37.2%). FederUnacoma: the contraction in demand due to economic and geopolitical factors, a multiannual public incentive plan is needed to complete the digitisation of our agriculture.

Agricultural machinery: appointment at EIMA International

Presented as part of Agriumbria the 46th edition of the exhibition of agricultural mechanics, scheduled for next November at the Bologna fair. Rich in technical content and with more than 1,600 already confirmed exhibiting industries, EIMA 2024 will be an important factor in relaunching the national market. In the first three months of the year sales of tractors fell by 25% nationally, while the market in Umbria showed a greater resilience, with a much smaller decline (-4.4%).

Italian Agricultural Machinery Manufacturers Federation
Digital System and technologies for Agricultural Machinery and Farming
Irrigation Systems
Italian Implements Manufacturers Association
Italian Self-Propelled Machinery Manufacturers Association
Italian Tractors Manufacturers Association
Italian Components Manufacturers Association
Italian Garden Machinery Manufacturers Association