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February 26, 2021

AgriMin Constantin: We have succeeded in stimulating young people to return to their village

Romania has managed to keep the number of inhabitants in rural areas, to provide the opportunity to young people to return to and work in their village, Deputy Prime Minister and Agriculture and Rural Development Minister Daniel Constantin told Friday’s conference ‘Romanian Organic Forum,’ held within the Indagra 2014 trade fair.
‘Somebody was criticizing the fact that Romania has about the same population in rural areas as it had 30 to 40 years ago. I do not know whether this is good or bad, but I am inclined to think that it is good. Why? I think that we have succeeded, especially in recent years, in keeping the rural population, in offering them the opportunity to have jobs in their village, in stimulating young people to return to their village and start up a business, invest, have opportunities to invest after they return from abroad or from studies. A few steps have been taken,’ said Daniel Constantin.
The minister of agriculture added that the amounts from the new NRDP 2014-2020 are far from being satisfying in order to develop and modernize the Romanian villages to the level he wants.
The new NRDP 2014-2020 has a total amount of 9.3 billion euros earmarked to it, of which 8 billion euros in European funds allocated to Romania, and 1.3 billion euros – the national contribution.

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