Romania is the 9th in EU in terms of the surface of organic farming, meaning organic products, according to the latest data published by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union, for 2015.
First place in the ranking is occupied by Spain, which has cultivated last year ‘bio’ products on an area of 1.4 million hectares, followed by France with 1 million hectares and Poland – 500,000 hectares.
In Romania, the agricultural area cultivated with organic products almost tripled in the past decade from about 65,000 hectares in 2006 to over 175,000 hectares last year.
“Our main problem is the workforce that is “completely missing”. People prefer to work abroad in agriculture for higher wages. So we don’t have people to work and for that we have to import. Westerners like to take cheap labor force from us and deliver us the raw materials,” Marin Dumbrava, manager of Biodumbrava organic farm, located near Bucharest, stated for mediafax.ro.
According to Agriculture and Rural Development Ministry (MADR), the ‘organic farming’ term is similar to ‘organic or biological agriculture’, ‘bio’ agricultural products being grown as natural as possible. The use of GMOs, fertilizers and pesticides, growth stimulators and regulators, hormones and antibiotics is prohibited.
Reported on Romania’s agricultural area, which is about 13 million hectares, the area cultivated with organic products (175,000 hectares) is insignificant, accounting for less than 1 percent. Organic products are still a niche segment due to higher price compared to that of conventional products.