Romania keeps its 2015 turbot quota at 43.5 tonnes, despite the numerous discussions on cutting the Black Sea turbot quota by 15 percent, State Secretary with the Agriculture Ministry, Daniel Botanoiu told , after attending the meeting of the EU’s Agriculture and Fisheries Council in Brussels.
‘Romania has managed to keep its 2015 turbot quota at 43.5 tonnes and the sprat quota at 3,500 tonnes, although there were numerous discussions to cut the Black Sea turbot quota by 15 percent. It was decided that it’s necessary to strengthen inspection and control in the sector and promote sustainable stock management in this area. We shall act accordingly, especially now when the National Agency for Fisheries and Agriculture is again under the authority of the Agriculture Ministry,’ Botanoiu said.
At the same meeting, the EU ministers analyzed amendments to a position paper on organic farming, proposals to increase funding through the school fruit and vegetables scheme and the funding granted to young farmers.
‘Romania was among the initiators of a project enabling young farmers to buy farmland with zero interest, provided they draw up a business plan and respect the requirements as regards training in the activity sector. We also analyzed 19 articles out of 43 as regards the position paper on organic farming. The talks also focused on a better management of and funding for the European programme concerning the consumption of fruit and vegetables in schools. There will be further talks about the measures to be taken in the meat and milk sector in light of the Russian embargo,’ Botanoiu stressed on Monday.