AGRICULTURE ECONOMY

AgriMin Irimescu: Romania, interested in transfer of Argentinean farm research, genetics know-how

Romania is interested in a transfer of Argentina’s know-how in farm research and genetics as well as farm management and associations, given Argentina’s experience of more than 150 years, Romania’s Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Achim Irimescu told Agerpres on Friday  on an official visit to Buenos Aires.

“Romania is interested in know-how transfers in various areas, such as research, genetics, drought-tolerant crops, technologies to reduce soil works and cut costs. For instance, applying a certain technology, Argentina manages to keep diesel fuel consumption at 2.8 l per hectare, compared with France, where the same consumption is 70 l. They do direct seeding, because by ploughing, a lot of water is wasted and soil composition is damaged. Additionally, with seeding, they add fertilisers to the soil to treat crops against diseases and pests,” said Irimescu.

He added that Romania is also interested in the management of small and medium-sized farm holdings and sustainable water management.

“Moreover, we are interested in the management of small and medium-sized farm holdings and sustainable water management. Argentina has an experience of more than 150 years with farm cooperatives and associations as well as farm micromanagement,” said Irimescu.

Irimescu is paying an official visit to Buenos Aires, July 27-30, at the invitation of Argentina’s Minister of Agriculture, Fishing and Livestock Ricardo Buryaile.

The schedule of his visit included a meeting with experts of the relevant ministry as well as business leaders interested in direct contacts with Romanian partners. He visited also a countryside exhibition called “La Rural,” which celebrated the 130th anniversary of the Argentine Rural Society, to get to know the diversity of Argentina’s agricultural and livestock potentials as well as for direct contacts with other counterparts to attend the event – from Brazil, Chile, Columbia, Panama, and Costa Rica as well as from other continents.

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