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British Newspaper: Oil Supply

british newspaper: At issue is a poor olive harvest that has, by some estimates, seen Italian olive oil production drop by 57 per cent, to the lowest level the country has seen in 25 years, according to CTV. Italian olive oil industry association Italia Olivicola says part of the problem comes from the Xylella bacteria, which has been infecting groves in the Salento region. According to British newspaper The Times, agricultural union Coldiretti has said Italy's domestic olive oil supply will be fully depleted by April. The group says four million olive trees in Salento have been destroyed by the bacteria enough on its own to reduce Italy's olive production by 10 per cent. Coldiretti says 25 million trees in Puglia have been destroyed due to frost and other unusual weather activity over the winter. More serious is the situation in Puglia, where approximately 40 per cent of Italy's olive oil is produced. ( As reported in the news.