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France is Country of the Year at 2014 Eco Agriculture show


The Inter-professional Association Bio Romania and the National Federation of Biological Agriculture of France (FNAB) signed a declaration of intent on Thursday regarding the organic farming, on the occasion of the Romanian Organic Forum international conference, by which the two organizations are to render each other support for the promotion of the ecological products of Romania and France and also with respect to their participation in specialist fairs and events.

'France, at this moment, holds one million hectares of organic farming, and Romania 450,000 hectares. We have different organizations, different contexts, but I hope we will do a good job together and that the organic traditional farming might have a future', FNAB Secretary General Dominique Marion told a news conference.

French ambassador to Romania Philippe Gustin, who attended the event, underscored France can be a strong voice in this sector and can offer support Romania and the partnership forged by retailer Carrefour with Bio Romania, which listed 70 Romanian organic products represents a beginning.

'Organic farming has an excellent ground to produce, but it is important that we should see where we share the products we obtain and the population must understand the value of such products and the fact that we can be fed better and healthier', Gustin said.

Bio Romania president Marian Cioceanu announced that France, at the Eco Agriculture show in 2014, will be The Country of the Year, 'the jewel in Indagra fair crown', a fact also confirmed by the French officials attending the event.

For the first time in the history of Eco Agriculture show, Europe's biggest retailer Carrefour is displaying the entire range of Romanian organic products marketed under its partnership with Bio Romania Association, namely some 70 Romanian bio-produce such as milling products, dairy, Romanian organic rice, strawberry-, acacia- and lime honey, apples, wines, deep-frozen berries and all sorts of seeds.

Romania Carrefour Marketing Manager Andreea Mihai stressed that Carrefour own brand has been 90 percent made by Romanian producers, in spite of it having been easier to achieve it by imported merchandise.

Eco Agriculture show is holding its 14th edition over Oct. 30 - Nov. 3, with 50 specialist firms, 20 of which foreign, exhibiting on 400-sqm area.

Romania has a huge potential for organic agriculture, with 450,000 hectares certified for production and another 250,000 grasslands, as well as 26,000 operators registered by end-2012. Romania ships 80 percent of the produce, mainly raw material and very few processed products.