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Minister Tabara wants another RON 1 bln for agriculture

Agriculture Minister Valeriu Tabara said he talked with Ministry of Public Finances (MFP) representatives about hiking the budget earmarked for agriculture next year by RON 1 bln, Agerpres informs. He added that the budget hike could cover what is needed for the measures having to do with complementary direct payments within the vegetable and zootechnical sectors, diesel oil subsidy, but also for the measures having to do with pig and poultry sectors. In 2010 the Agriculture Ministry has a budget of RON 2.1 bln. Tabara added that the absorption of European funds is one of the most important issues.


“I can state that we’re not doing badly when it comes to filing projects, but we have to have co-financing funds. However, we have to clarify why the funds are fewer from contracting to completion. There is this big difference caused by some dysfunctions that we have to solve in the following period,” the agriculture minister explained. At the same time Tabara claims that owners of fallow land that fail to tend to it will be fined EUR 50-60 per hectare. He considers that the three million hectares of fallow land in Romania represent a great problem for agriculture.


Moreover, the minister plans to make the necessary overtures so that the draft law on reverse taxation, a draft initially rejected by the European Commission, will eventually be accepted. Rompan president Aurel Popescu stated in July that he asked the finance minister (Sebastian Vladescu at that time) to convince European officials to accept reverse taxation because doing otherwise would encourage tax dodging. Reverse taxation in the food industry means that the VAT will be collected in stores not throughout the production cycle.


Tabara also stated that he will try to solve demands made by farmers who have temporarily given up their protests. Thus, Tabara has met the disgruntled farmers. “I believe that in most part some of the farmers’ problems are resolved,” the minister said.

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Minister Tabara wants another RON 1 bln for agriculture

Agriculture Minister Valeriu Tabara said he talked with Ministry of Public Finances (MFP) representatives about hiking the budget earmarked for agriculture next year by RON 1 bln, Agerpres informs. He added that the budget hike could cover what is needed for the measures having to do with complementary direct payments within the vegetable and zootechnical sectors, diesel oil subsidy, but also for the measures having to do with pig and poultry sectors. In 2010 the Agriculture Ministry has a budget of RON 2.1 bln. Tabara added that the absorption of European funds is one of the most important issues.


“I can state that we’re not doing badly when it comes to filing projects, but we have to have co-financing funds. However, we have to clarify why the funds are fewer from contracting to completion. There is this big difference caused by some dysfunctions that we have to solve in the following period,” the agriculture minister explained. At the same time Tabara claims that owners of fallow land that fail to tend to it will be fined EUR 50-60 per hectare. He considers that the three million hectares of fallow land in Romania represent a great problem for agriculture.


Moreover, the minister plans to make the necessary overtures so that the draft law on reverse taxation, a draft initially rejected by the European Commission, will eventually be accepted. Rompan president Aurel Popescu stated in July that he asked the finance minister (Sebastian Vladescu at that time) to convince European officials to accept reverse taxation because doing otherwise would encourage tax dodging. Reverse taxation in the food industry means that the VAT will be collected in stores not throughout the production cycle.


Tabara also stated that he will try to solve demands made by farmers who have temporarily given up their protests. Thus, Tabara has met the disgruntled farmers. “I believe that in most part some of the farmers’ problems are resolved,” the minister said.

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