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The Municipality of Gaiole in Chianti will become part of the agri-food district of southern Tuscany (Toscana del Sud).
The town council ratified the Regione Toscana’s call for private and public entities to participate by sending their request to the regional offices by 16th October. The Ministry is making 50 millions euro available.
“Joining the district of Southern Tuscany – says Mayor Michele Pescini – is a great opportunity for Gaiole in Chianti. Companies, together with public entities, can address vital issues such as diversification and innovation in the area of agriculture, and stimulate growth, by making use of the economic means made available by the Regione and the Ministry. We can enhance the excellence of our food products, not only focusing on wine production, but re-launching other sectors with lower margins and good potential”.
“The total amount of funds set aside by the Ministry for these projects – he adds – is 50 million euro. The minimum investment for a single project should not be less than 500 thousand euro. These are substantial figures that can make a big difference in terms of investment and growth over the coming years. The role of the Municipality will be to act as a bridge between the Regione and local businesses, to help them make use of this great opportunity”.
The notice published by the Regione Toscana is aimed at companies located in the south of Tuscany, which are part of the livestock, cereal, fruit and vegetable, floriculture, olives, dairy and aquaculture supply chains.
The Regione will collect the preliminary projects of a number of companies, to then enter into the district’s contract with the Ministero delle Politiche agricole, alimentari e forestali (Mipaaf).
The concessions granted by the Ministry will be structured in the form of non-repayable grants and preferential financing, taking into account location, type of intervention and size of the enterprise.
“The Toscana del Sud District is already a reality – concludes Michele Pescini – it is the first district in Tuscany formally recognized by the Regione and the Ministry, which have identified a homogeneous area in the provinces of Siena, Grosseto and Arezzo. It is now about being able to seize the benefits of this recognition, creating the business network, and presenting projects that can attract resources”.