Two representatives from the Pamir Mulberry Presidium in Tajikistan were in Italy from April 16 to 19 for a training and knowledge exchange trip. They took part in a conference and meet with Piedmontese and Ligurian producers from the Slow Food network.
The purpose of the trip, organized by the Slow Food Foundation for Biodiversity, was to compare and contrast the knowledge and traditions of food producers from completely different geographic, social and economic contexts who are all working in their local area to protect and promote their gastronomic heritage.
On Saturday, Shoista Mubalieva, Presidium producer and researcher at the Tajik Academy of Sciences, and Mohira Rakhimjonova, coordinator of the community of Khorog mulberry producers visited Turin's Museum of Natural Sciences for the conference "The Mulberry: A forgotten tree of the Piedmontese rural landscape and its link with the silkworm" organized by the Department of Fruit Trees of the University of Turin. The conference celebrated the opening of an exhibition dedicated to the mulberry, with the two Presidium producers presenting different varieties of dried mulberry, mulberry flour, jams, spirits and other mulberry products.
On Monday 18th and Tuesday 19th, Mubalieva and Rakhimjonova will visit the Dried Calizzano and Murialdo Chestnut Presidium in Alta Val Bormida, near Savona, and the Garbagna Bella Cherry Presidium in the province of Alessandria.
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