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October 22, 2021

Uncultivated land area to expand, get much cheaper

The surface area of uncultivated farm land could increase next year, after 2012 was a difficult year for agriculture, with land plots likely to get 30-40 pc less expensive, Valeriu Tabara told a seminary, according to Mediafax. Tabara also stated that over the past couple of years, the uncultivated land area could next year exceed 1 M hectares.
Also, according to the most recent agricultural census in Romania, the country’s total farming surface was of 13.3 M hectares in 2010, of which 8.3 M was tillable land.  The census took place during Dec 2010 – Jan 2011, with the final results laid out in July of this year. Nearly 800,000 hectares of farmland nationwide is managed by foreign nationals or companies, 6 pc of Romania’s agricultural area, according to Florin Marius Faur, executive director of the Timis payment and Intervention Agency in Agriculture (APIA), who ran the institution at national level until a few months ago. He also mentioned that 15 pc of the farmland in Timis Co is handled by foreigners. Also, at the same seminar, Cosmin Chioreanu, general director Monsanto Romania, said that farmers who irrigated their land obtained even 8-10 tons of maize/hectare, while those who didn’t, had an output as low as 500 kilograms per hectare. “We shouldn’t always blame the drought for low production,” he also said.

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