According to the latest sources, it has been reported that Italy’s organic rice acreage increased about 5% y/y to around 10,000 hectares (including 7,116 hectares of effective organic fields and 3,787 hectares of fields under conversion) in 2015 from around 9,528 hectares (including 8,405 hectares of effective organic fields and 1,123 hectares of fields under conversion) in 2014. It has also been revealed that in Italy, organic rice is usually grown in Piedmont and Lombardy, and it is listed in the Mortara grain exchange, in the Pavia province (Lombardy).
Further, in this matter, it has been reported recently that organic rice imports have been increasing day by day. It has been increased almost tripled to around 10,042 tons in 2014 from around 3,150 tons in 2013.In addition; demand for packaged organic products has also shown an increase of about 26% in November 2015, in comparison to that in 2014, as per the local information available. Further, the data from the National Information System for Organic Farming (SINAB) indicates that an organic business increased by 20% in 2015, while agribusiness in general grew just by 0.3%.
However, it has been stated that prices of organic rice are much higher than the respective traditional varieties. On April 2, 2016, organic Balilla paddy was out at 850-870 euros (about $ 958-98) per ton, while the same traditionally farmed paddy was quoted 300-330 euros (about $ 338-372) per ton. As per local sources, it has been indicated recently that many reports of traditional rice being sold as organic rice have been registered, as after milling process, it is not easy to find the differences between organic and normal rice.