Good Agriculture Practices

Mancini Pastificio Agricolo

What is it?

Good Agriculture Practices (GAP) is a set of rules for an eco-friendly management of agricultural activities to produce a quality product. The Italian Ministerial Decree of 19 April 1999 defines the rules as "the set of cultural methods that a diligent farmer would employ in the concerned region”.

Aims

Our fields have always been managed with the cultural methods of a "diligent farmer", this attention is transferred along the whole pasta’s supply chain. The objectives of our GAP are:

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

  • producing a quality raw material, ideal for our transformation process;

  • guaranteeing the wholesomeness of the final product.

    These objectives are achieved through the continuous monitoring of our crops and the implementation of self-regulatory rules to the production process. 

What do we do:

  • We study the characteristics of our land and its response to different crops, in order to respect farming times and choose the most suitable tillage;

  • We rotate the crops to maintain/improve land’s fertility and sow our durum wheat after pulses (alfalfa, clover, faba beans, pea beans, chickpea) or industrial crops (sunflower, rapeseed);

  • We only use certified seeds and choose the varieties of durum wheat that are best suited for our territory and the artisanal pasta’s making process;

  • For each variety of wheat, we sow the right quantity of seed at the most suitable time according to the pedo-climatic conditions, and using the most suitable equipment;

  • We plan mineral nutrients quantity and time of supply based on soil analysis and plant’s nutritional needs, in compliance with environmental sustainability standards;

  • We control weeds 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 diseases through preventive actions such as the choice of tolerant and resistant varieties. When the risk exceeds the intervention threshold, we carry out defence treatments with products authorised by the PAN, guaranteeing zero residues on the grain. We verify these results through constant multi-residues test and analysis;

  • We harvest the grain only when it has reached the right degree of humidity suitable for storage. Once the wheat is harvested, we clean it, we store it in a dedicated structure, conserving it through the cold technique without chemical treatments;

    The decisions we take from tillage to harvesting are assisted by a digital service (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 sustainability - environmentally, economically and socially.