AOP cheese: Cnaol wants resources to match the Italians

AOP cheese: Cnaol wants resources to match the Italians
AOP cheese: Cnaol wants resources to match the Italians

With Agra

The Cnaol (dairy appellations) is asking the government to invest “at least 10 million euros per year for two years” in promotion of PDO (protected designation of origin) and PGI (protected geographical indication) agri-food (excluding wine), indicates its president Hubert Dubien to Agra Presse. “ This is in line with what our European neighbors are doing », he explains, citing the example of Italy which announced funding of 25 million euros for the promotion of geographical indications on the peninsula.

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European aid funds becoming scarce

If we do nothing, we will disappear behind the massive communication of the Italians », pleads Hubert Dubien. Moreover, ” European funds, which have helped us so far, are increasingly difficult to obtain “, he emphasizes.

“If we do nothing, we will disappear behind the massive communication of the Italians,”

Satisfied » of the new European regulation on geographical indications which came into force in mid-May, the Cnaol is awaiting details on its “ Implementation » by the French government, in particular concerning the possibility of integrating sustainability criteria into product specifications. Meetings with the administration are planned in the coming weeks. The organization also reiterates its request to simplify controls, to make them less costly, especially since they jumped by 20 to 30% last year, Sébastien Breton, general delegate of Cnaol, explained to us in February: “ These costs are extremely variable, from €5 to €300/t, and small, isolated AOPs with limited volumes such as Banon and Chevrotin suffer from this. “. The Cnaol asks the state for simplification procedures for these cases, especially “ that we rarely see violations among these small farmers or artisan producers », specified the general delegate.

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