The European Commissioner for Agriculture Dacian Ciolos stated on Friday, during a specialized conference, that the problem of food security was a problem of the future, arguing that anxiety over food supplies was at the root of current social and political unrest, Mediafax reports. The latter added that, according to proposals of the European Commission (EC) concerning the Joint Agricultural Policy between 2014 and 2020, young farmers would be entitled to a direct subvention per hectare hiked by 25 pc, in the first five years since starting up. At the same time, the EC proposes the payment, as of 2014, of an annual subvention to small-scale farmers, ranging between EUR 500 and 1,000, a fixed amount which will be allotted only to farmers already registered in the system.
In turn, Agriculture Minister Valeriu Tabara argued that Romania should become a produce exporter, with the mention that a great deal of the agricultural produce should be processed. On the same occasion, he added that, alongside cereals and technical plants, animal husbandry should be developed. The minister also referred to Romania’s potential for cultivating technical plants and the record sunflower production of 1.8 M tonnes. On the other hand, he argued, Romania needs a grain storage capacity of 22-25 M tonnes, which is 40 to 55 pc higher than the current capacity, of 16 M tonnes. The minister added that the largest number of storehouses were under construction in the Danube harbours.