The biggest agriculture industry fair opened its doors Wednesday, in the presence of EU Commissioner Dacian Ciolos and PM Victor Ponta.
Romania can find in the new common agricultural policy (CAP) all the elements it needs to consider the specific character of its agriculture and have the place it deserves in the European farming and food system, said European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development Dacian Ciolos on Wednesday at 18th INDAGRA international agricultural produce and equipment exhibition opening.
‘Even if INDAGRA is a symbol of the harvest, I should say that, this year, it comes at a time when the means of supporting agriculture, of stimulating investments with European funds brings us new support schemes in sowing and planting, a new PNDR (the National Programme of Rural Development), a new support system from direct payments, which will be the reform of the CAP and which was my main aim. I think that Romania can find in the new common agricultural policy all the elements it needs to consider the specific character of its agriculture and have the place it deserves in the European farming and food system without any reference to what other member states can do and Romania cannot,’ said Ciolos.
He made it clear that the new CAP payment system will make it possible for Romania not only to keep them per hectare till 2020, as Romanian farmers wanted. Moreover, there is the possibility to modulate direct payments for a number of categories of farms, in parallel with the payment per hectare. Ciolos underlined that by the end of his mandate he intended to suggest another policy of promoting the farming and food system on the foreign market, for the Romanian farming and food system included, which has a huge potential on the foreign market.
This 18th INDAGRA fair will bring together more than 430 companies from Romania, but also from another 20 foreign countries. It will cover an area of over 30,000 square metres. This year’s edition will also see the most numerous animals, about 350 heads.
Romania has begun building itself an organic products brand that is extremely appreciated worldwide, Prime Minister Victor Ponta said on attending the opening of INDAGRA.
‘It has been a good agricultural year also thanks to the very good weather, but also to the fact that last year, on a proposal from the agriculture minister the subsidies were given on time. The same happens this year too. The farmers surely already have the money required to begin the works as early as this year. I think it is a great opportunity for Romania to have stability in the agricultural production. I particularly back a niche, that however has developed very much, the organic products niche. I think Romania is slowly building itself a brand that is extremely appreciated worldwide in this respect. We will render our full support to the development of this field, in which Romania has extraordinary potential’, Ponta underscored.
The prime minister confessed he had discussed with the agriculture minister about the possibility to double the areas grown to organic products, which currently cover 400,000 hectares.
He also recalled there have been a few ‘important successes’, such as the opening of China’s market to the Romanian production of pig and cattle meat.
The prime minister, Romanian Agriculture Minister Daniel Constantin and French ambassador Philippe Gustin cut the opening ribbon meant to mark the collaboration with a French-based hypermarket, which is to display a range of Romanian organic products in the French retailer’s Romanian-based stores.
2013 – year of decisions in agriculture
2013 is a year of decisions and the INDAGRA agriculture and food trade fair becomes by the year a place where state-of-the-art technology and the outcome of a farm year are on display, where the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development tries to promote all the policies it has implemented or is to implement for the next period of time, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Daniel Constantin told in his turn at the same trade fair.
‘As well as having effects on the national budget, the decision to cut the VAT on bread in the manufacturing chain can pave the way in Romania’s food industry. We have seen an intense campaign to combat tax evasion in the meat sector and I said that if it has the same success as the VAT cuts on bread, the next sector will be the meat industry and its entire chain, but then I could see fruit and vegetables, milk, all staple foods following suit because we need to cut taxes there while at the same time discouraging tax evasion,’ said Constantin.