Romania’s agri-food exports top imports first time in 20 years


For the first time in 20 years Romania’s agri-food trade runs a surplus of 324 million euros, with exports exceeding imports, Minister of Agriculture Daniel Constantin declared on Friday in the western city of Timisoara, according Agerpres. ‘For a comparison, the deficit in 2012 was EUR 745 M, which means that we have an increase of EUR 1.83 bln from two years ago. We mainly export wheat, sunflower and cigarettes. In 2013 we exported 4.7 million tonnes of wheat, even from previous crops, while last year’s production was 7.3 million tonnes,’ said Minister Constantin.
The Minister of Agriculture also announced that 2015 will mark the liberalization of meat exports to the EU market, but to other markets as well, after a break of several years, mentioning that the measure refers mainly to pork and beef, but also to live animals. In other news, Daniel Constantin pointed out that Romanian products are gaining visibility in the shelves of major chains of stores, and that the issue is not with the domestic production required to meet the population’s needs, but with the intermediary links between the manufacturer and the retailer, that is with storehouses and primary product processing centres.
On the other hand, the Minister of Agriculture said the Government contemplates lowering the VAT to 9 per cent for foods other than bread (which was already subject to a VAT-cut move), namely meat, vegetables and fruit The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development attended the RDP 2020 regional conference titled ‘Romanian village has a future,’ as part of the consultation and information process that prepares the 2014-20 National Rural Development Programme.

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