Every company in Romania must comply with the law, Deputies’ Chamber Speaker Liviu Dragnea, leader of the Social Democrats stated on Tuesday.
“I believe every company that is doing business must comply with the law. And I believe that the state institutions, which, of course, are now dealing with more important issues – some pig farms – should be careful if these companies observe the law, and do not take out the profit through all sorts of illegal procedures,” Dragnea said in southeastern Calarasi.
According to him, the National Agency for Fiscal Administration (ANAF) has, as an example, specific verification procedures.
“They can check [ANAF – ed.n] these things, whether that really is the entire profit or there are companies that have run for years at a loss, then it means that we have a problem as a country, it means that one cannot make money here, that they make profits in all countries but that in Romania, they have come across (…) heads of institutions, of companies that are weak and unable to make profits here. (…) The question was raised about big companies that do business in Romania and leave little tax in this country,” the PSD leader said.
Plans to set up state-owned company to trade farming products
Dragnea announced that he discussed with Prime Minister Mihai Tudose on the establishment within shortest time of a Romanian Trading House, in one month at the latest.
“I discussed with the Prime Minister and within the shortest time we will set up a Romanian Trading House, a state-owned company tasked with handling import-export relations and taking over agriculture produce, vegetables and livestock products. For instance, there is demand aplenty from various countries for lambs and sheep, from Gulf countries, there is also a large demand from China for huge quantities of meat. It is almost impossible for a trader to just tour Romania and find one hundred thousand or two hundred thousand heads of sheep or lambs all by himself. The same goes for cereals and vegetables,” Dragnea said in southeastern Calarasi.
According to the PSD leader, the future company is intended to become an important actor in the business.
“It’s for sure that some will get angry and will criticize us (…), but in the end we defend the interests of the Romanian producers. The company will be set up in one month at the latest, we’ll see if a Government Decision or a law is necessary for that,” said Dragnea.
“Romania must move on from selling farming produce at crop field edge”
Romania must move on within a reasonable time from the stage where the farming production is sold at the crop field edge, just for the farming output to subsequently return in the form of biscuits and other sweets, argues Social Democratic Chairman Liviu Dragnea.
“In a reasonable number of years Romania must move on from the stage where it sells its farming produce at the crop field edge for big traders to sell it abroad, just for it to return to the country as biscuits, puffed snacks and other sweets. Through the sovereign development and investment fund we plan investments in the processing network so as to increase the value added and be able to integrate the circuits within a reasonable time, from agricultural production to the end product on the shelf. It’s not an easy process, but it’s a major goal of ours and when we get there, Romania will be one of the most developed EU countries from this point of view,” PSD leader Liviu Dragnea said on Tuesday.
He specified that a network for the collection, storage and sale of the agricultural production will be set up in no more than two years.
Dragnea also expressed his content at the wool collection program that began to yield fruit, as more than 15,000 farmers have already signed up.
The PSD leader announced that a process to assess Romania’s agricultural potential is about to be completed, a potential “that has been much talked about but no one has yet identified.”
“In Europe we are battling with the big countries as far as the agricultural output is concerned, and it is a major goal of ours for Romania to reach on the top position in the next years for some varieties. We run the best chances to be the first in Europe as regards sunflower crops, we will now be on the third spot after France and Germany. We are also looking carefully at Poland, but there have been just 8 months and I hope that in a few years Romania will earn the place it deserves in terms of agricultural production in Europe,” Dragnea pointed out.
AgriMin Daea: Romania, never seen average wheat production of 4,836 kilograms/hectare
This year’s average wheat production, of 4,836 kilograms per hectare, is a historic one, being almost one ton higher than last year, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Petre Daea stated on Tuesday at the irrigation system setup in southeastern Calarasi county’s Galatui .
“We have an average production of 4,836 kilograms per hectare on wheat, it is a historic production. Romania has not met with such yield at the surface unit, almost a ton over last year’s the production. The quality is also good, with indices for the production of bakery products, is a wheat that will enter the consumer network,” Daea said.
As far as the investments scheduled for this year in the irrigation system are concerned, the minister stressed that they exceed one billion lei from the national budget and 431 million euro through the National Rural Development Programme (PNDR) 2014-2020.