Romania became a hot spot on European farmers’ map and this is due to INDAGRA, an international trade fair of equipment and products in agriculture, horticulture, viticulture and animal husbandry. This is the biggest and important agricultural event, not only for the domestic market, but also for the regional one. The 2014 edition, held between October 29th to November 2nd, was no exception. Organized by ROMEXPO Exhibition Centre in partnership with the Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Romania, under the patronage of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development the fair reached this year the 19th edition. The event was attended by specialists, authorities, businessmen delegations, foreign investors, farmers, passionates about agriculture a.s.o.
This year, the event brought together over 450 exhibitors from 22 countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, China, Korea (South), Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, India, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, UK, Moldova, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Spain, Turkey, Hungary, over an exhibition area of 30,000 square meters.
Mostly, many visitors wanted to review their favorite stands, especially the last generation of agriculture quipment, livestock, vegetable and wine sectors a.s.o Coincidentally or not, the agricultural machinery sector has occupied the largest area in the exhibition, bringing together not only the newest types of combines, seeders and tractors manufactured by reputable companies in the world, but also those at second-hand, the latter at prices ranging between EUR 20,000 – EUR 95,000 / piece, depending on the type of machine, its wear degree or technical performance. Other visitors preferred to admire the various breeds of cows (the highlight being a bull which had 1.5 tons at the age of just 4 years!) or the sheeps (whose price can reach up to RON 2,500/pair).
As in the previous editions of the fair, many visitors were able to admire the splendid Lipizzaner horse breeds, Guzuls, Arabian thoroughbred, Romanian Semigreu etc.
The international recognition of this trade fair professionalism is acknowledged with the inclusion of INDAGRA, starting with 2007, among the events agreed by the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry – UFI, the highest forum for the global exhibition industry. Also, starting with 2007, ROMEXPO SA through INDAGRA, is a member of the European Federation of Agricultural Exhibition and Show Organizers – EURASCO.
With each edition, INDAGRA experienced an increase in the number of exhibiting companies and visitors who attended the fair, and an ascending trend in the diversity and quality of the exhibits that are more attractive and closer to the needs of agricultural producers and processors of agricultural products.
16+1 Forum “China and the States in Central and Eastern Europe”
In premiere to INDAGRA, it took place the ninth edition of China Forum – Member of Central and Eastern Europe, structured into five themes: food industry, animal husbandry, vegetable and eco machines. It was for the first time when this forum was held outside of China. This year’s Indagra edition was attended by 25 Chinese companies.
According to local authorities, the People’s Republic of China represents a priority of Romania’s policy for developing ties with the Asian countries.
In this context, Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta wanted to emphasize in the opening speech, that, after very many years, Romania has become a net exporter of agricultural products and now, it can produce more than national consumption, it can export more than it imports. On that occasion, the head of the Executive, added that the country’s Black Sea port Constanta is No. 1 among European ports as a transit zone for the export of agricultural products. “China is the world’s largest market,” he said, hoping Romania will succeed in putting to work the agricultural potential, “so as to produce not only for us, but to also export as much as possible.”
In his turn, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Agriculture Daniel Constantin noted that Romania has become more and more visible on the Chinese market and the companies from this country are interested in investing especially in Romania’s agricultural sector, both due to the advantage in business terms and Romania’s EU member state status. He also said that the European model of agriculture is based on a competitive, market-oriented sector, which it’s aimed at the same time at “protecting the environment, protecting and promoting the traditions and providing better living conditions for the residents of rural areas.”
Looking for country brand at Romanian Organic Forum
Organic agriculture could not miss the INDAGRA fair. Romania has a huge potential in this field, with an area of 300,000 hectares of arable land ecologically certified for production and other 500,000 pastures and 15,500 registered operators in the system at the end of 2013. Unfortunately, Romania continues to export 80 percent of production, according to specialists’ data revealed at Romanian Organic Forum, especially raw material and very few processed products.
“Romania is looking for a country brand and the best that we can have is in this area, organic products, which has grown in terms of quality and marketing. But we still have to work at this chapter,” Minister of Agriculture Daniel Constantin said. According to him, the support in this sector increased from EUR 3 million in 2010 to EUR 7 million in 2013, but in 2014 the European funds assistance dropped to EUR 4 million. He added that for 2014-2020 period, the support for ecological farming was doubled to EUR 200 million of EUR 8 billion coming from European funds through National Rural Development Programme.