According to the statistics published by FAO, artichoke cultivation occupies an area of 120.000 hectares in the whole world.
With this amount of arable land, it is not a surprise that the artichoke sector is made up of big producers and marketers of fresh artichokes and processed all over the world, and within this range there are some that because of their experience and know-how, they stand out above the others.
We would like to dedicate a section of our blog to those companies of the artichoke sector that over the years have been among the most important worldwide. It is the case of Cooperativa Villasor, an Italian company with more than 50 years of experience that is one of the most important agricultural cooperatives both in Italy, and in the rest of the world.
Italy, having 52.000 hectares, is the biggest producer and consumer of artichoke in the world. Sardinia ranks third among the Italian regions, after Puglia and Sicily, that have the largest area of cultivation of artichokes.
The Cooperativa Agricola Ortofrutticola Villasor, founded on the initiative of a group of farmers in 1961, was created in Villasor, in the province of Cagliari. It is currently one of the most important companies in Sardinia in the fruit and vegetable sector, specialized in the artichoke production.
The production covers a large area and is mainly focused on artichoke and cereals, and partly on tomatoes. Other vegetables and citrus fruits are sold fresh or processed.
In 1990, it fused with two other cooperatives in Villasor, the Cooperativa Sarda and the Cooperativa Riforma, thus creating one of the most important companies in the agricultural sector of Sardinia.
Today it gathers about 200 members with approximately 3.000 hectares of cultivated land in the Campidano plain, just over 20 km from Cagliari.
The nature of the area, the fertility of the soil, the Mediterranean climate, the presence of three rivers and groundwater, has been determining since ancient times the tendency of the communities of Villasor to productive agricultural activities. Even today the economy of the area is based on horticulture and cereals.
The company plans to improve the traditional production through the study of production specifications and the introduction of quality systems. The goal is to protect the consumer throughout the supply chain and to achieve always better production standards.