Contributing to the development of a short supply chain of legumes grown in Campania "from the producer to the processor" with organic methods is the intention of Agria SpA, a company specializing in the selection and packaging of Select brand dried legumes which has honored the trust for over 60 years of consumers by guaranteeing quality raw materials from a controlled supply chain.
Today more than ever, it renews its commitment to healthy, organic and sustainable agriculture, once again focusing on innovation.
It is from these intentions that the participation in the research and experimentation project " Legubiocer " was born, financed with the funds of the PSR 2014/2020 of the Campania Region and coordinated by dr. Massimo Zaccardelli of CREA in Pontecagnano (SA). The Operational Group is made up of 6 partners, of which 2 are public and 4 are private. The public partners are CREA, which participates with three research centers (Horticulture and Nursery Gardening of Pontecagnano, Cereal and Industrial Crops of Foggia and Caserta and Policies and Bioeconomy of Rome) and the Department of Agriculture of Portici (University of Naples " Frederick II"). The private subjects are instead the two cereal farms De Martini and Zampaglione, the Bioagritest company which deals with seed tanning and phytosanitary diagnosis and the Agria SpA company specialized in the selection and distribution of dried legumes.
In a broader sense, the objective of the project is to encourage the diffusion of the cultivation of grain legumes - in particular chickpeas and lentils - in the Campania cereal areas, to support the transfer of innovations in cultivation techniques such as the use of the new "Seminbio ”, minimum tillage, false sowing, seed treatment with useful microorganisms and the use of new eco-compatible molecules for disease control and, at the same time, favor the development of regional supply chains focused on the valorisation of local productions of quality by reducing the intermediaries and distances of the "food chain".
In this regard , Aniello Alberti, general manager of Agria SpA , declares : “During the two years of experimentation, together with our partners, we dealt with the technological evaluation of chickpea and lentil grains and very interesting data emerged. These data will be processed and made public at the end of the project to evaluate the economic impact of the innovations adopted and for the creation of a short supply chain in Campania, where we will be involved above all from a logistical point of view with the withdrawal of the product."
In particular, the staff of the Quality Control laboratory of Agria SpA, during the two years of experimentation, characterized the chickpea and lentil grains from the field trials from a technological, organoleptic and product point of view. In detail, the chickpea and lentil grains were transferred from the field to the laboratory which proceeded to clean them and eliminate the foreign bodies and irregular seeds present in the samples, to then proceed with the calibration and cooking tests and organoleptic evaluation.
The implementation of the project, which sees the introduction of innovations in agronomic techniques and the replacement, in crop rotations with wheat, of the classic forage crops with the more profitable grain legumes for human consumption, in particular chickpeas and lentils, would lead to an increase of economic and environmental sustainability in the Campania cereal districts and a physiological increase in organic production.
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