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The production of grain cereals in Romania, the largest in the history of the country

By Theo Moreni

The production of wheat, colza, peas and barley this year is the largest in the history of the country, the state secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development Mihai Vişan stated on Thursday at the PRIA Agriculture conference.
"With regard to agricultural production in 2017, we have achieved very good yields this year in wheat, colza, peas, barley, the largest in the history of the country, farmers receiving both subsidies on time and a favorable weather in most regions, "said Mihai Vişan.
According to him, subsidies for the 2016 campaign were totally granted until 31 March, 2017 applications were submitted by May 15, and advances could be granted from 16 October, while regular payments will be made until 31 March 2018.
Also, the MADR representative pointed out that the European funds attracted in the field of agriculture are this year at 1.77 billion euros. According to the data provided by the Ministry of Agriculture, total production of wheat, rye and triticale was 10,164 million tonnes this year, from a harvested area of 2,101 million hectares, with an average yield of 4,836 kg / ha. The colza harvested over 1,684 million tonnes, from 592,312 ha, the average yield being 2,884 kg / ha, and 298,639 tonnes of peas were harvested from 107,593 ha, the average yield being 2,776 kg / ha. The barley and the two-row barley production totaled 2,017 million tonnes, from 459,968 ha, with an average production of 4,942 kg/ha.
Last year, Romania's wheat production grew by about 7% from 8,413 million tonnes in 2015, with a average over 4 tonnes per hectare, and 1,266 million tonnes of colza production.(rbj/29.09.2017)

Poland, Bulgaria and Romania have the lowest prices for meat in EU

By Emea Riga

Denmark had the highest prices for meat among the European Union (EU) members states in 2016, by almost 40 percent higher than the EU average, while the lowest prices were found in Poland, by 47 percent lower compared to the European average, followed by Bulgaria, by 44 percent lower and Romania, by 41.1 percent below the EU average, showed data released on Wednesday by Eurostat.

Other member states with significantly higher prices for meat compared to the European average are Austria, by 37 percent exceeding the average, Sweden, by 34.5 exceeding the average, and France, 31.3 percent higher than the average.

Considering all countries in Europe, and not just the EU member states, the highest prices for meat are to be found in Switzerland, by 157 percent over the EU average, while the lowest remain those in Poland, which are even lower than prices for meat recorded in Albania or Macedonia.

A previous research conducted by Caterwings confirmed that Switzerland had the biggest prices for meat in the world, with 49.68 US dollar being paid in this country for 1 kilogram of beef, by almost 150 percent higher than the global average. On the other hand, an unqualified worker from Switzerland has to work only 3.1 hours to be able to buy a kilogram of meat, while one from Indonesia would need to work 23.6 hours to buy a kilogram of beef, even if 1 kilogram of beef only costs 9.01 US dollars in this country. (rbj/23.08.2017)

Transavia at Food Expo Greece 2017, the largest food products exhibition in the Southeastern Europe

By rbj

Transavia, the leader of the poultry local market and one of the most important family businesses in Romania, with over 25 years of experience in the field, participated between the 18th and 20th of March 2017, at the 4th edition of the Food Expo Greece 2017.

With a number of 1,200 exhibitors from 68 countries and 46,000 visitors from 88 countries, Food Expo Greece 2017 is the leader among food and beverages exhibitions.

“For Transavia, attending the largest food event in Southeastern Europe is a certification of the quality of our products, already locally-renowned, as well as a confirmation that our performance is a landmark for the entire poultry industry. Greece is a dynamic market on which we are present for many years, so participating at Food Expo Greece 2017 was an important opportunity for us to strengthen our current relations with export partners and develop new business opportunities.” says Daniel Opris, CEO of External Sales at Transavia.

At the exhibition, the company participated with its own stand where the quality of Transavia products was the main focus, featuring the premium brand Fragedo and the precooked products developed through modern technological lines of Transavia factory, part of a vertically integrated business system, unique on the Romanian market.

Transavia is constantly present at the specialized international fairs such as SIAL and Anuga. Over the years, Transavia has consolidated its position on the export market, being a reliable partner due to the quality of its products and the fairness with which they treat their business partners.

Due to the investments made in recent years, the company is able to export products of the highest quality that are prepared in an integrated system at the highest standards. For more information about Transavia products, you can access the company’s website: or Facebook page: Transavia. Well Made in Romania.

Transavia is one of the most reputed Romanian family businesses, with an experience of 25 years on the market, during which it became the leader of the local poultry industry. With a 100% Romanian capital, Transavia operates a vertically integrated business model to provide the best standard in food to consumers everywhere.

Permanent opening for business innovation has contributed to the success, Transavia enjoys today, ranking among the most valuable companies in Romania. The product quality and performances achieved, have brought the company the honorary title of “Supplier of The Royal House of Romania” in 2006 and several national and international awards. Currently, Transavia has over 2000 employees, 314 houses in 24 breeding farms and 4 vegetal farms, a feed mill, 3 slaughterhouses with the latest generation in technology and a meat processing plant. Transavia farms are located in 8 counties in Romania, in Alba, Cluj, Sibiu, Brasov, Timis, Mures, Harghita and Caras Severin, which annually produce over 60,000 tons of chicken meat. The company's products are up to the highest standards of quality and are present in most modern retail chains with Fragedo and Papane brands. 15% percent of the company's annual production goes to export markets in several European countries, including UK, Ireland, France, Holland, Hungary, Greece, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Spain and Croatia.(rbj/27.03.2017)

Nearly 2 billion euros to be made available for 2017 farm investment

By rbj

All the measures related to the conduct of farm investment in 2017 included in the 2014-2020 National Rural Development Programme will be released starting this month, with the related financial allocations standing at nearly two billion euros, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MADR) released on Monday.

Several proposals to amend selection criteria related to agricultural sub-measures were unveiled last week at the first meeting of the Monitoring Committee of the 2014-2020 National Rural Development Programme, related to year 2017, presided over by senior official Alexandru Potor. Attending the meeting were 32 members, alongside officials of the programme's management authority, Rural Investment Funding Agency (AFIR), the Agency for Agricultural Payments and Interventions (APIA) and the European Commission's Directorate General Agriculture.

The meeting unveiled and unanimously passed proposals to modify the selection criteria related to sub-measures for investment in, processing/marketing of agricultural and fruit-farming produce, establishing non-farming activities in rural areas, establishing producer groups in agriculture/fruit farming, for horizontal and vertical cooperation of players in the supplying chain and the agricultural/fruit farming players, along with a calendar of 2017 releases and suggested allocations. (Source: Agerpres). (rbj/20.03.2017)

3,000 euro financial support for producers of tomatoes

By rbj

Yhe farmers in Romania will be supported through a government program to cultivate tomatoes in the shelter (greenhouses, solariums), so as to ensure from domestic production the consumption needs of the population.

The government approved an aid scheme aimed at farmers minimis individuals who hold certified producer, farmers freelancers, individual and family businesses, corporate farmers.

The amount of financial support is granted to beneficiaries is 13481.4 lei / beneficiary / year to the equivalent in lei of 3,000 euro / beneficiary / year, but the total amount of de minimis aid to an undertaking / single undertaking shall not exceed the equivalent in currency of 15,000 euros over three financial years, during the current financial year and the two previous years.

The financial resources for the implementation of the scheme de minimis reach the amount of 179 752 thousand, equivalent in lei of 40,000 thousand euros and are ensure by the state budget, within approved budgetary provisions for the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development in 2017. The applications and documents supporting financially for support are submitted to departments for agriculture in each county.

This measure is to achieve high quality products, competitive with those in the European market and in achieving economic efficiency and their capitalization. Also, the aid will contribute to the growth and stabilization of quantitative and qualitative production of raw materials at favorable balance revenue and expenditure farmers, helping them to relocate in a more stable and balanced in relation to business partners.(rbj/2017.01.29)

Grune Woche 2017: The poor participation of Romania

By Theo Moreni

The largest international exhibition of food goods, Grune Woche, began yesterday in the German capital, Berlin. It is the 91st edition of the event. Unfortunately the Romanian Ministry of Agriculture decided that our country have the lowest participation in recent years.

According to the ministry, our country held a small stand where visitors will be able to sample products such as the plum jam Topoloveni (Protected Geographical Indication), the Sibiu salami (PGI), the feta Ibanesti (PDO).

Also among Romanian products on display at booth MARD will find the Saveni cheese, cheese in fir bark and smoked trout. In the category of beverages, Romania will offer for tasting Brandy de Arges and white wine and red. Voinesti apples can be also tasted visitors.

Also this year, Romania will be represented at the international exhibition "Grune Woche 2017" through AHK Romania, the nine producers, will exhibit honey, meat products, milk products, food Romanian, lavender and products of lavender as well as handicrafts made by artisans.

Between 19 -21 January 2017, the agriculture ministers' forum takes place. The theme of the meeting refers to agriculture and water, key elements for ensuring the necessary food.

The two events represent benchmarks for the international agenda of the agricultural sector at the beginning of each year. 2017 edition of the Forum aims a key challenge of the 21st century: the lack of water.

The meeting aims to provide a global stimulus for further development in the field of "agriculture and water". It wants to consolidate the results of previous edition of the Forum and agree measures on responsible management of water resources and natural resources, especially soil and water.(rbj/2017.01.21)


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