Agriculture Minister Achim Irimescu, said on Monday in Alba Iulia, that Romania will have the highest subsidy per head of cattle in the European Union, which, according to the latest calculations, will exceed EUR 300 per animal.
“The good news is that Romania will have the highest subsidy per head of cattle in the European Union. Initially it was said to be EUR 250, according to the latest calculations it will exceed EUR 300 per animal. So, it’s good news. Sure, there is a delay, you know that there were problems with various issues when talking about Order 619, but we managed to recover a good part of the time. Normal payments will start on April 8, as we announced, per animal head by the end of May and will be made on time,” said Irimescu in a press conference.
In turn, Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos said during the same press conference that Romania is one of the first three or four European Union Member States in terms of in sheep flocks.
“Romania is one of the top three or four Member States in terms of in sheep flocks and production. We must not discourage them, we should encourage them to capitalize the potential and we believe that in the coming period production should be capitalized and the added value should be increased. It’s not enough just to increase the livestock, but we need to increase the price that we get for the meat, milk and so on,” Ciolos said.
Farmers request subsidies of RON 0.50 per litre of milk
Milk producers in Romania request to the government a subsidy of about RON 0.50 per litre of milk, in order to be able to overcome the crisis this sector is facing, given that other European producers receive such subsidies.
“A subsidy of RON 0.50 per litre of milk as would support farms until the market conditions change. There was a subsidy of RON 0.3 per litre during 2007-2010, which helped us make progress,” said on Monday Nicusor Serban, president of the Holstein RO Cattle Breeders Association.
According to him, the prices farmers receive on milk at the factory gate are very low and lead to the farms closing down.
“There are similar farms in the West, we produce at similar costs, but they can sell milk in Romania cheaper than us – and also have transport costs,” Serban added.
He said that most European countries, on the background of the milk crisis generated by the fall in consumption, have taken measures to support farmers. “In Romania it was not understood that if action is not taken soon, we risk after a few years to consume milk and dairy products only from abroad,” added Nicusor Serban.