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Agriculture: Value of agricultural production goes up 11.7 pct in 2021


The value of Romania's agricultural production was 11.7 percent up 2021 compared to 2020, as the crop production advanced 22.2 percent, and animal production and agricultural services dropped by 8.3 percent and 0.7 percent, respectively, shows data released on Monday by the National Institute of Statistics (INS).

Several changes occurred in the structure of the value of the 2021 agricultural production compared to the previous year, as the share of the crop production increased 7.9 percentage points to 72.8 percent, and animal production accounted for just 25.3 percent, 7.6 percentage points down from the previous year. Agricultural services accounted for 1.9 percent, INS said.

As regards the value of the 2021 crop production by main crop groups, there was a share growth for cereals (+9.2 percentage points), other product groups (+3.6 percentage points) and oilseed plants (+2.9 percentage points). Conversely, there was a decrease in the share of potatoes (-6.5 percentage points), vegetables and melons (-5.2 percentage points), fruits and grapes (-2.5 percentage points) and fodder plants (-1.5 percentage points).

As regards the structure of the value of the 2021 animal production, the categories to register growth were cattle (+2.6 percentage points), the sheep and goat production (+2.6 percentage points), milk products obtained in livestock farms (+0.9 percentage points), and other product groups (+0.3 percentage points). The poultry production dropped 4.7 percentage points, and the pig production dipped 1.7 percentage points.

MADR launches exceptional aid for the pig and poultry sectors


The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MADR) has developed a draft normative act regarding exceptional aid amounting to 129.166 million RON (26.1 million euros), to support farmers in the livestock sector, informs MADR in a press release sent on last Thursday.

The beneficiaries of the animal husbandry sector can be pig or poultry breeders, authorized natural persons, individual and family businesses and/or legal persons, who own sanitary-veterinary authorized commercial holdings.

The exceptional aid targets about 250 potential beneficiaries in the pig sector, with approximately 553,988 UVM (large livestock unit) production capacity, and about 310 beneficiaries in the poultry sector, with approximately 2,243,643 UVM production capacity.

Payment of exceptional aid must be made by September 30, 2022.

The amount of 25.49 million euros was allocated to Romania by the European Commission, and additional funds in the amount of 26.1 million euros are provided from the national budget, representing 102.4% of the allocated amount.

The amount of 26.1 million euros represents the savings resulting from the application of the temporary state aid scheme to support the activity of pig and poultry breeders, in the context of the economic crisis generated by the COVID-19 pandemic, in order to compensate for the losses caused by pandemic, says MADR.

The exceptional adaptation aid is granted in relation to the production capacity owned by the beneficiary, UVM equivalent, depending on the categories of pigs or poultry. The total value that can be granted per beneficiary does not exceed the equivalent in RON of 150,000 euros in the pig sector, respectively 100,000 euros in the poultry sector.