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Austerity hits Italian agriculture as 20,000 businesses close

The sector’s troubles are another blow to women

Twenty thousand agricultural businesses closed in Italy last year and pessimism reigns among the survivors, according to Coldiretti, an organisation representing the sector.

This is another blow to women who have become increasingly important in farming and related activities, Women now run a third of the 845,000 businesses and 1.3 million donne work in agriculture, much higher in absolute and proportional terms that Spain, France and Germany.

The pessimism among farmer is linked both to the general economic climate and a new council tax (IMU) that will cost the sector a billion euros extra alone, as a variety of farm buildings used for production will be now subject to tax, according to Coldiretti.

This was one of a raft of austerity measures decreed last month by the government of unelected premier Mario Monti.


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