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Agriculture: MADR: Romania allocates 20.5 billion euros for next 7 years

Romania has allocated 20.5 billion euros both for direct payments and for investments in farms, an opportunity to fundamentally change agriculture in the next 7 tears and do away with a commercial deficit of 1.23 billion euros, said Emil Dumitru, secretary of state in the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MADR).

“We produce raw materials, we export cereals and import products with high added value and I would concentrate on two categories of products: pork meat for about 700 million euros and bakery products. Practically we export subsidies through raw materials,” Dumitru said at the online debate “Romania's agriculture, huge potential, how can it be turned to account? Solutions for topical problems.”

“Romanian villages will disappear if we continue to have large and very small  exploitations without a balance for middle class in agriculture . We will have to back family farms in Romania in order to have predictability in the rural area, to install young people in the rural area. We are now launching a few measures, such as installing young farmers, both the Romanian component and from diaspora, in order to bring back home as many young people as possible, who have won competences in the agriculture of other member states, to help them set up a business and have farming activities proving that change of generation in Romanian villages can take place,” Dumitru explained.