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July 31, 2021

Romanian farmers – poorest in the EU

Romanian farmers were worst hit by the economic crisis last year. Thus, Eurostat data show that Romania tops the list of EU member states that registered a drop in farmers’ incomes in 2010. Basically in 2010 Romanian farmers had smaller salaries, lower pensions and lower incomes in the form of agricultural produce, Realitatea.net informs. Eurostat data show that last year the incomes of Romanians employed in the agricultural sector dropped by more than 8 per cent, a level similar to the one reported by Great Britain. According to the National Statistics Institute (INS), the average monthly income of a rural household dropped by RON 60 in the first three quarters of last year compared to the same period in 2009. A family of farmers earned an average of RON 1,680 per month, the sum including salaries, pensions and the value of agricultural products. Last year the average salary per household dropped to RON 157 per month, being 4 times smaller than the minimum salary. The average pension per rural family dropped to RON 110 per month. Last year Denmark and Estonia reported the highest growth in farmers’ incomes (approximately 50 per cent).

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