I'm 76 years old. When I decided to move here I felt the need to go farther, I could feel that soon many things would change.
In '76 I bought a combine harvester. I left Flumeri to go to Apulia and so I've recovered the money I spent on the machine. The value I've passed on to my sons is to roll up their sleeves and make an effort to stick to their decisions and see them through, without being discouraged by obstacles.
The secret is the unity of the family and this is a real miracle Franco managed to work:
Relationships between us must be transparent, honest and open to discussion. They've always gotten along, I've never had to step in to moderate their arguments. I mostly interfere in their business to restrain investments, as equipment is very expensive and I tell them to be cautious.
Technology and innovation are necessary to modern farming, I can't deny that. At times I long for the simplicity of the machines of bygone days: if anything broke down, all we needed was a mechanic. Nowadays machines are so complicated, you need an engineer to fix them.
Franco has Irpinia in his blood, his relationship with Flumeri, with the Ufita Valley is visceral and we realise it straight away:
It's important to us to deliver the wheat we produce to the pasta factory. It's a way of giving back: Irpinia is suffering from a long recession since a number of manufacturing businesses closed, causing many of the inhabitants to lose their job.
t's important to me to know that a pasta factory can ensure that people keep their jobs. As long as I had no trouble I went back to Flumeri 2 times per month, now I hardly ever go.