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November 25, 2020
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Opposition launched new rural development programme

USL proposes a number of measures, such as free surveying services for all plots of land, the development of irrigations or the creation of jobs in the rural environment.

The Social Liberal Union (USL) is pursuing a new national rural development programme, for the 2014 to 2020 interval, to be negotiated with the European Commission (EC), and proposes, at the same time, a number of measures, such as free surveying services for all plots of land, the development of irrigations or the creation of jobs in the rural environment, Money.ro reports.

“Agricultural production in Romania requires increasingly more effort and higher costs. Irrigation is all but inexistent, we have land left untilled amounting to over 3M hectares, Romanians eat unhealthy food, coming preponderantly from imports, food prices are steadily on the rise, the rural population is aging and young people are no longer motivated to work in agriculture. We are unable to put to use the funds allotted by the European Union (EU),” USL leaders stated, yesterday, in Alexandria.

USL leaders also voiced their concern at the absence of state subvention schemes for water and power, high tax evasion levels, the low absorption and poor prioritisation of EU funds and the fact that subsistence and semi-subsistence farms account for 97.3 pc of the total number of farms.

Thus, the Social Liberal Union set, as its targets, “the drafting and negotiation of a new national rural development programme which will lead to the development of rural infrastructure in an integrated concept (schools, SMEs, roads, hospitals); the drafting of a Land and Water Code; bridging the gap between the rural and urban communities; the protection and rational use of forests, the regeneration and development of mountain regions; the effective use of farming, forest, water and environment resources”.

USL also proposes that certain agricultural sectors should be granted access to the internal gas and electric power production at lower costs. The promotion of traditional and ecological Romanian products and the development of special banking products for farmers via CEC Bank are also among the targets included in USL’s programme for agriculture.

The opposition also pleads for a reduction of VAT on the production of grain, bread, fresh meat, milk, fresh fruit and vegetables, that is, a 24 pc-VAT, out of which 9 pc should go to the state budget and 15 pc should find its way back to the producer.

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