Commissioner Dacian Ciolos to propose EC a set of rulesfor promotion policy in the agri-food sector.
The European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Dacian Ciolos, will propose the adoption of a Regulation to the European Commission aimed at promoting the European agri-food products on foreign markets.
“It may take the form of program packages with products coming from several countries. I also know that Romania, the Government are preoccupied with giving a boost to the export of agri-food products on some other markets than the one of the EU. This promotional program will also meet this approach by Romania and, therefore, I encourage you, especially the food industry, to also think at partnerships with producers from other Member States, to benefit from a more consistent European assistance,’ the European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Dacian Ciolos, said during a debate on structural problems of the Romanian agriculture, Agerpres reports.
‘We will also come with a mini-reform in the vegetables and fruits sector, where we plan to come up with measures that will facilitate the organization of producers in this sector, in the Member States with a very low organization level, as in the case of Romania. I will provide the details at that time, but I want to give a signal to producers in this sector to get involved, the same as the ministry, in the debate to be organised on this subject,’ Ciolos added.
The commissioner reiterated the statement regarding the decision of the European Commission to liberalise the commerce with wine from R. of Moldova, emphasising that this was a political signal and a sign of support, mentioning that a conference of all Agriculture ministers will be held at the beginning of next year in Chisinau.
During the same conference, the Romanian Minister of Agriculture, Daniel Constantin said that his ministry might seek a new derogation on the processing of non-conform milk. “For the processing of non-conformity milk Romania had three derogations, the latest ending on January 1, 2014. We are analysing if we will file a new request. We are not sure that it will be approved, as the past derogations were meant to give farmers enough time to adapt to the new conditions,” Constantin explained. Presently, 10 pc of Romanian milk does not comply with European standards, he added.
Another very important matter mentioned by the minister was the fact that Romania exported EUR 300 M worth of wheat this year, twice as much as during the first nine months of 2012, when sales on foreign markets yielded EUR 146 M. According to the Agriculture Minister, this year’s wheat output was high and prices were lower than in 2012, when draught had an impact on crops and prices almost doubled compared to 2011. The vice-president of the Romanian League of Agricultural Producers’ Associations, Nicolae Sitaru told the minister that farmers do not understand why there are big differences between prices at the commodity exchange and at farm. “If last year the price of cereals was EUR 25-30 at farm, now it is EUR 60-70 at the exchange,” Sitaru mentioned.
Rural Credit Guarantee Fund: One must also conceive a crediting fund
The director of the Rural Credit Guarantee Fund, Veronica Toncea said during the same conference that, for the next financing programme, one should conceive a crediting fund and cover the farmers’ needs with regard to natural disasters.
In a different move, lawyer Cristian Popescu, managing associate Popovici Nitu&Asociatii mentioned that the draft law of transactions with farmland outside localities will completely block the land market, as some provisions cannot be enforced in real life, thus turning Romania into the most restrictive market of the EU with this regard. In his opinion, imposing a limit of 100 ha was not based on any research and the law does not stipulate the risks for those who exceed this cap, plus the project also has risks of non-constitutionality.