Good Agricultural Practices

Mancini Pastificio Agricolo

What is it?

Good Agriculture Practices (GAP) is the set of rules that we apply for an eco-friendly and sustainable management of our agricultural activities, in order to produce a raw material with the highest and most nutritious quality, with the least possible environmental impact. The Italian Ministerial Decree of 19 April 1999 defines these rules as "the set of cultural methods that a diligent farmer would employ in the concerned region".

Aims

Our fields have always been managed accordingly to the cultural methods of a "diligent farmer", and this attention is transferred along our whole pasta’s production process. The objectives of our GAP are:

  • respecting natural resources (air, water, soil) through the optimisation of agronomic interventions and external inputs;

  • producing a high-quality raw materia, as suitable as possible for our transformation process;

  • guaranteeing a healthy and nutritious final product.

These objectives are achieved only through a continuous monitoring of our crops and the implementation of self-control actions within the production process, such as frequent analysis of the soil, of the plants or pest diseases action.

What do we do:

  • We study the characteristics of our fields and their response to different crops, in order to choose the most suitable tillage for each field, also respecting their life cycle;

  • We rotate the crops to maintain and improve fields' fertility, sowing our durum wheat after pulses (alfalfa, clover, faba beans, pea beans, chickpeas) or industrial crops (sunflower, rapeseed);

  • We only use certified seeds and choose the varieties of durum wheat that best suit uit the environment in which the wheat will grow and our artisan pasta-making process;

  • We only sow the right quantity of seeds at the most suitable time for each durum wheat variety according to their characteristics and our pedo-climatic conditions, and using the most suitable equipment;

  • We improve our fields with mineral nutrients, both planning the quantities to use and scheduling the supplying time, based on soil analysis and plant’s nutritional needs, in compliance with environmental sustainability standards;

  • We control weeds' growing in an eco-friendly way, using secondary tillage as much as possible: harrowing, grubbing, false sowing and grooming. We use synthetic chemical molecules only when strictly necessary and in compliance with the National Action Plan for the sustainable use of plant protection chemical products (PAN);

  • We defend plants from possible diseases through preventive actions, such as choosing more tolerant and resistant varieties. When the risk for diseases to happen is too high, we carry out defensive treatments only using products authorised by the PAN, guaranteeing no traces on the grains. We verify these results through frequent tests and analysis;

  • We harvest the wheat once a year, only when it naturally reaches s its full maturity and the right content of humidity, suitable for its storage. Once the wheat is harvested, we clean it, we store it in a dedicated structure and conserve it through the cold technique, that allows us to preserve it all year long with no need for chemicals.

The decisions we take from tillage to harvesting are assisted by a Decision Support System (DSS), which provides us with data on each crop operation, processing climatic, agronomic and wheat varietal information.

Making use of Good Agricultural Practice (BPA) means having an overview of our agricultural system that allows us to achieve the goal of environmental, economic and social sustainability