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January 23, 2022

AgriMin: Romanian farmers grow energy crops on total area of 5,000 ha

The number of Romanian growers of energy crops reached 442 in 2015, up by 122 compared to the previous year, while the total area for this type of crops stood at some 5,000 ha, according to the data unveiled Tuesday by the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Achim Irimescu (photo) at the roundtable meeting ‘New ways for obtaining Romania’s energy independence: biomass,’ held in Bucharest.
According to the cited source, as in the case of other crops (wheat, maize, sunflower etc), energy crops are eligible both under the schemes of direct payments from EU funds, as well as from the transitional national aid financed from the national budget.
Under the National Rural Development Programme 2014-2020, there are three Measures and a sub-measures that support projects to obtain energy from renewable resources.
At the same time, through the measures of local interest that could be financed by measure 19 ‘LEADER Local Development,’ the investments aimed at promoting the use of heat sources based on biomass, development of systems to produce and distribute biogass at community level are encouraged, among others. The total public allocation for 2014-2020 is 563.5 million euros.

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