AGRICULTURE ECONOMY

EUR 145 M to be invested in irrigations in 2016

EUR 145 M will be included in the Agriculture and Rural Development Ministry’s (MADR) 2016 budget for the start of the rehabilitation of the main irrigation infrastructure, however a political agreement is needed in order to be able to allocate a similar sum for seven consecutive years, Agriculture Minister Daniel Constantin stated on Tuesday at the end of the talks that took place within the Lower Chamber’s Agriculture Commission.
“We came for a concrete reason – to propose to the Agriculture Commission at a technical level and then to political parties the signing of a seven-year political agreement so as to finance the rehabilitation of the main irrigation infrastructure. (…) I was glad that at technical level all those present directly or indirectly agreed with this initiative and there is hope we will also reach a political agreement in the following period. Starting in 2016, we will separately include EUR 145 M in MADR’s budget and I would be glad for this to continue because you cannot rehabilitate the entire irrigation infrastructure in only one year, so we need 7 consecutive years with this sum,” Agriculture Minister Daniel Constantin stated on Tuesday within the Lower Chamber’s Agriculture Commission.
The Agriculture Minister pointed out that almost EUR 600 M is currently available from European funds, however only for the rehabilitation of the secondary irrigation infrastructure.
The minister pointed out that according to World Bank reports approximately EUR 1 bln is needed for the rehabilitation of the main irrigation infrastructure.

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