The largest and most important agricultural event in Romania and in the Southeastern Europe, INDAGRA Fair, organized by ROMEXPO together with the Romanian Chambers of Commerce and Industry, opened its gates on Thursday, in the presence of President Klaus Iohannis, the Minister of Agriculture Petre Daea and the President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Romania (CCIR) Mihai Daraban.
More than 500 producers from 24 countries will present their novelties in this field to the visitors, on an area of more than 11,000 sqm, for 5 days.
The event is the right platform for launching and selling products, for presenting novelties in the field, to establish new business relationships and to conclude contracts. The event is at its second edition in the formula Indagra Food and Carnexpo (the most important exhibition in the meat industry), becoming also this year the exhibition space for hundreds of products, innovative technologies and information sessions related to the performances and progress in food industry.
President Iohannis: Through this kind of events, Romania becomes an important actor in the agricultural field
“I am very pleased to attend the opening of a new edition of the Indagra International Fair. I am glad to see that this year’s event continues the positive evolution of the previous editions, gathering more and more participants, farmers and agriculturists, Romanian and foreign companies with special performances. Through exhibitions of such dimension, Romania becomes an important actor in the agricultural field, in the Central and Eastern Europe” President Iohannis stated in the opening of the event.
After he officially opened the fair which is under the high patronage of the head of state, President Iohannis went to the stands with machinery and seeds.
At the stand of a Romanian factory that produces also de-icing products for aircrafts, and which will launch intelligent fertilizers containing potassium polyacrylate crystals in 2018, the head of state has shown interest in how a biostimulator works.
“How does a biostimulator works?” President Iohannis asked the representatives of the factory.
Ion Neculce, one of the representatives of the factory, explained that a biostimulator has an self-auxinic action and fruits and vegetables are tastier.
The Agriculture Minister intervened, explaining that it stimulates the growth and fructification hormones. “Present it to us, to be able to decipher it as specialists” Daea added.
At the end of his visit to Indagra, the head of state sent a message to the Agriculture Minister.
“Minister, I am counting on what we have established, namely to have more and more of our products of a good quality” Iohannis said to Daea.
“Romania can become force in agriculture but must make up for delays”
President Klaus Iohannis said on Thursday, at Indagra agricultural trade fair, that Romania has a huge potential in agriculture, but he added that it needs to be capitalised upon intelligently and sustainably.
“I have all the conviction that Romania has a huge potential in agriculture, which we must capitalise on in a smart and sustainable way,” said Klaus Iohannis.
He also pointed out that Romania holds the sixth-largest agricultural area in the European Union and that it is one of the top 10 exporters of wheat and corn worldwide.
“We have everything we need to make our country a real force in the agricultural and food sector, but in order to do this, the delays have to be made up for and some shortcomings must be eliminated,” the President said.
But for this thing to happen, added the head of state, we must recover the delays and eliminate some shortcomings. For instance, in the first half of the year, the imports of agro-food products were almost EUR 3.5 billion, increasing by 17% compared to the last year. But our exports increased only by 4.5%, which caused a trade deficit of more than EUR 1 billion only in terms of agricultural products” said the head of state, adding that “in this regard, it is essential for us to get out of the vicious circle through which we are exporting raw materials, therefore implicitly we are exporting subsidies, and we are importing high value added products”.
In turn, Minister of Agriculture Petre Daea said that Romania has drawn this year 3.3 billion euros of European money from the special programmes for agriculture, underlining that Romania does not have a comfortable situation with regard to the trade balance in agri-food products and added he was displeased that “we import a lot and sometimes of questionable quality,” and exports are largely made up of unprocessed products.
Daea specified that although there are visible results, there is still much to be done in Romania’s agriculture, “with a high degree of expectation”.
“We believe that all of us who work in agriculture and food industry, from the Government to the last clerk, and together with the farmers of the country’s agriculture, regardless of the sector, must continue our programmes and prepare our country for the important stage of Romania’s presidency in 2019 [EU Council’s Presidency] and the establishment of some clear objectives for Romania within the framework of the Common Agricultural Policy,” said Petre Daea.
Minister Petre Daea launches the campaign “Choose the Sheep!”
The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development (MADR) launched on Thursday at Romexpo, at the largest agricultural fair in Romania – INDAGRA 2017 – the campaign “Choose the Sheep!”.
It is a campaign informing and promoting the consumption of sheep meat.
The Minister says he has the support of the Romanian sheep breeders, who whish, through this campaign, to determine the consumers “to show more interest in the sheep meat and sheep products”.
Thus, this campaign aims to capitalize the agro-food productions coming from sheep, to increase the export value of the processed products, to attract the workforce in the sheep meat and sheep product processing field, as well as to keep the traditions of the culinary products offered by this species, especially in mountain areas.
The information and promoting campaign “Choose the Sheep!” will be conducted at national level for three months, and its main purpose is to encourage the consumption of sheep meat and sheep products all over the year.
At the INDAGRA 2017 fair, the sheep breeders will bring several sheep breeds to present them to the public and will offer free tasting of stew and pemmican, cooked on the spot according to traditional recipes, to convince as many visitors as possible to try the sheep products.
“We also wish to support the local sheep breeders and to establish a wholesale market that will be an intermediary between sheep breeders and the marketing channels (retail and proximity stores)” reads a press release issued by the Ministry led by Petre Daea.
AgriMin Daea: 2017 – an exceptional year with all-time high agriculture figures
This year is an exceptional one for agriculture, with productions at historic, unprecendented highs and the highest amount of European funds ever attracted, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Petre Daea told Antena 3 private broadcaster on Wednesday.
“We have the largest wheat production in history, over 10 million tons, which means an average of 4,836 kg per hectare. The same goes for rapeseed, peas, barley and sunflower. Figures are at all-time highs for all these cultures, they have never been achieved in Romania ever since these crops started being grown. We are Europe’s leaders, on No. 1 at sunflower with a production of over 3.150 million tons. Let’s see the figures of the other states, to see where we stand. We are also in the top position by the European funding accessed under the European Agricultural Guarantee Fund (EAGF), which means 99.04 percent,” Daea said.
Asked about the reason why he takes pride in these historic highs, given that all farming achievements were in the private sector, the minister replied that state subsidies to support the farmers has been disbursed “in time, when the crop field had required it.”
Daea contradicted opinions that this year’s record-breaking crops are similar to inflated reporting in the Ceausescu era, stressing that farmers are reluctant to fully reporting their production figures.
The Minister of Agriculture mentioned that he strictly sticks to the governing program, which “is his Bible”, a well-established program with clear goals.
“I have the governing program as a guideline and I’ll be keeping it as long as I serve as Minister of Agriculture, this is my Bible, that’s my task as Minister of Agriculture, to carry out the governing program. It is a good, well-established program with clear goals, with execution deadlines, pinpointed amounts offered by the government for agriculture. The agriculture budget for 2017 was built on programs we have pursued step by step and they yielded results,” said Petre Daea.