Romania is “in the final stage” with the development of the National Strategic Plan (NSP), and all of the European Commission’s more than 370 observations have been processed, but have not yet been validated because of the recess of the European officials, but by October 1 things should be “very clear”, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Petre Daea declared on Friday at a press conference in Arad (western Romania).
The Minister said that work on the NSP “has been substantive and very careful” and that “this is a very laborious document, considerably changed compared to the common agricultural policy for the 2014 – 2020 cycle, with a more pronounced shift towards environmental aspects and with stronger restrictions from this point of view, but with better clarity of the projection for farmer support in the next period”.
“We are prepared with the entire Plan, we have no problem as to the correct interpretation of the goals the European Union has introduced in the general concept and which we have assimilated, considering the specific conditions and the specificity of Romanian agriculture,” the Minister added.
The Minister of Agriculture wasin Arad on Friday, where he visited Agromalim, the second largest agricultural fair after Bucharest, which this year sees the participation of approximately 270 companies from Romania, Hungary, Germany, France, the Netherlands, Poland, the Czech Republic and Bulgaria. The Minister also met with farmers and mayors from the county.
Capping food prices would affect producers
Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Petre Daea considers that capping food prices would affect producers, but maintains that there are no reasons for further price increases in the coming period.
“We must take into account the fact that, the moment we cap certain prices, the agricultural producers will be the ones to suffer in the first place. With this in mind, I think that we must do everything it takes to help the farmers till the land, because we all feed on the crops of the earth. (…) I don’t expect price increases at this time because prices have settled for the products subject to processing, I don’t see price increases now that energy cost tiers have been set and prices have been capped. There are no elements to give us reason to predict a rise in agri-food prices at this moment,” the Agriculture Minister said on Friday during a visit to Arad (western Romania).
On May 20, Social Democrat leader Marcel Ciolacu declared that a tentative reduction of the VAT rate for certain products against the backdrop of price increases might have no effect, and that from his point of view it would be preferable for the government to define a set of strategic products for which prices should be capped.
Country’s agricultural area will be protected from drought until 2027 by building irrigation systems
The entire agricultural area of the country will be protected from drought until 2027 by building irrigation systems, but there will also be investments in hail prevention systems, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Petre Daea, said in western Arad, on Friday.
Present at the Agromalim Fair at Expo Arad, the minister said that 2022 was “a very difficult year, in which the drought took over the whole of Romania”, but that the necessary wheat production and availability for export were ensured.
As for corn, Petre Daea said that “the situation is more delicate”, but Romania’s consumption needs will be covered.
The minister also said that the sunflower harvest has started in 26 counties, and “the production is different from one area to another”, but “we will have the necessary sunflower to process and obtain the oil for domestic consumption”.
Regarding the losses suffered by the farmers, the minister stated that for now there is no established budget for compensation. Farmers can still communicate until October what the losses are, while the assessment committees from the counties are still working on the ground.
The Minister of Agriculture stated that Romania will take measures to reduce the losses caused by drought in the coming years. The first measure will be to “put the country’s irrigation system in working order”, and investments will also be made in the prevention of hail and the stimulation of precipitation.
Daea specified that the Ministry of Agriculture has a program together with the Ministry of Investments and European Projects to access European funds so that “until 2027 the whole country is protected”.
Agricultural area affected by drought exceeds 462,000 hectares countrywide
The total area affected by the drought extended to 462,059 hectares in 35 (out of 41) counties and the Bucharest municipality area, increasing by 4,629 hectares compared to Thursday’s reporting, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development informed on Friday.
The main crops affected are: wheat and triticale – 206,815 ha, maize – 122,164 ha, sunflower – 61,172 ha, barley, sorghum, oats and rye – 33,316 ha and rapeseed – 31,714 ha.
The 36 counties that reported damages due to drought are: Alba, Arges, Arad, Bacau, Bihor, Botosani, Braila, Brasov, Buzau, the area of Bucharest, Calarasi, Caras-Severin, Cluj, Constanta, Dambovita, Dolj, Galati, Giurgiu, Hunedoara, Ialomita, Iasi, Ilfov, Maramures, Mehedinti, Neamt, Olt, Prahova, Salaj, Satu Mare, Suceava, Teleorman, Timis, Tulcea, Valcea, Vaslui and Vrancea.
Compiled from Agerpres
Photo: Facebook/Petre Daea