Minister of Agriculture Petre Daea said that wheat harvesting has been completed nationwide and that the official figures will be announced next week; he also specified that this year’s harvest is enough to ensure both domestic consumption and export.
“Wheat harvesting has wrapped up all over the country and the production is enough to cover domestic consumption and export; I will announce the exact figure next week, when I’ll have all the authorized information on the table, the information under signature, certifying that is is correct and accurate,” Daea said at the government meeting on Wednesday.
He also mentioned that sunflower harvesting has also begun.
“The important thing is that sunflower harvesting has started in five counties. We are harvesting the areas affected by drought, because they have reached harvest maturity, so that there is no loss, and the sunflower be then shipped to the processing units,” Daea said, according to Agerpres.
Guide of best agricultural practices for climate change available to farmers
The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MADR) provides farmers with a Guide of best agricultural practices for climate change, in order to face the challenges in the context of the intensification of the severe drought phenomenon, informs the ministry in a press release sent to AGERPRES on Wednesday.
“Climate change is a reality, not a fiction, and that is why we must use all the means at our disposal in such a way that the level of production and their superior capitalisation positively influence Romania’s economic sector. We must be economical with the resources we have to be able to successfully overcome the difficulties of the moment,” said the Minister of Agriculture, Petre Daea.
He specified that the drought is a phenomenon that persists and cannot be controlled only with water, but also with technologies that involve appropriate earthworks, as well as the cultivation of drought-resistant varieties. The Minister wishes that through this best practice guide, farmers, especially the young ones, will have a conservative behavior and rationally use the ground water.
According to the cited source, the development of the guide came as a response to the challenges faced by farmers in the context of the intensification of the the severe drought phenomenon frequency that is increasingly affecting the Romanian agricultural sector. Drought is an extreme phenomenon with multiple effects, on various levels, such as agricultural production and, implicitly, food and energy security, but also river transports as a result of significant hydrological changes, with a direct impact on the distribution of underground and surface water resources.
The guide was created by a team made up of specialists from MADR and the Academy of Agricultural and Forestry Sciences “Gheorghe Ionescu-Sisesti” (ASAS), coordinated by the Secretary of State Dragos-Costin Telehuz, at the initiative of Minister Petre Daea.
The guide can be consulted by accessing the following link: https://www.madr.ro/ghid-de-bune-practici-agricole.html.