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Romania was displayed as the Country of the Year at BioFach Nuremberg 2013 (February 13-16), the world’s largest trade fair of organic products, where more than 130 countries are showcasing such products.
The event was attended by Romania’s Prime Minister Victor Ponta, European Commissioner for Agriculture Dacian Ciolos, Romania’s Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Daniel Constantin, Romanian MEP Daciana Sarbu and Chair of the German-Romanian Forum Susanne Kastner.
‘It is a big honour to Romania to participate in this privileged edition (…), as organic agriculture is a major opportunity and, by that, a priority’, said the head of the Executive. The participating producers took the opportunity to ask Victor Ponta’s support for the sector, some even soliciting subsidies for truffle processing, while bee breeders opened the subject of beehive taxation.
Romania is one of the member states in the East of Europe that has known the biggest growth of organic production, but it is equally important that it also develops on the processing side and then to tackle sales, European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development Dacian Ciolos said on the first fair day. Romania is represented by 55 exhibitors from the sector of organic agriculture and has a pavilion standing on 600 sq m.
Among the previous countries of the year are Spain, France, the Netherlands, Brazil, Poland, Italy and Denmark.