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In the "Good news" insert, Corriere della Sera published the story of the "Covid free" village built in Lagosanto di Ferrara for foreign workers by the Salvi Group, by the will of the Salvi brothers. A little known but very significant story regarding the commitment of the Italian fruit and vegetable sector and its leading representatives on the front of social interventions.

In the article by Paolo Foschini, Marco Salvi (pictured in Corriere della Sera) says: "Foreign labor became a necessity here as well twenty years ago, when the local one disappeared. At that point, however, these people who left their homes to come to work here had to be given proper living conditions. For the first couple of years we have found interim solutions. Then we created the villages. Today it has become quite common, at least in this part of Italy ".

Covid in March exploded simultaneously with the buds on the trees - reads the Corriere -. When Marco Salvi says that "of course it was not easy" he also speaks as president of Fruitimprese, the national association that brings together over 300 fruit and vegetable import-export companies, from South Tyrol to Sicily. “But at the same time I felt privileged - says Marco - because as a fundamental part of the food chain we have never stopped. With important financial commitments, even if they are very just: guaranteeing distances on the processing lines, reorganizing shifts without crowds, ensuring all staff, sanitizing the environments every night ... There were also bizarre circumstances on the market, seen with hindsight. At first, for example, the Germans in particular were so worried about the infection that it seemed they no longer wanted our fruit. Then, when they realized that the drama belonged to everyone, they begged us Italians to keep sending it to them or it was a disaster. The real problem remained that of manpower. And on this, really, it was these women who came for the first time many years ago from afar and then always returned. Mostly from Poland and Romania, for us ”.

Marco's sister, Silvia Salvi tells the interviewer: "The Italians and Italians have tried. When the crisis arrived, and when many shops and clubs began to close with the protracted lockdown, many waiters and many jobless orders asked to work for us. And we took them with open arms, a hundred men and women. But only a dozen of them resisted. The rest found the work too hard after a few days ”.

The harvesters from the East are of another kind, they are trained. One of them, Dana, tells the Corriere della Sera journalist: “I'm staying here. To do this hard work. But I like it and it makes me feel good ".

Perhaps you would not say the same thing if the village built by the Salvi in ​​Lagosanto di Ferrara were not the efficient and welcoming structure it is.