Moldova and Romania step up cooperation in the agricultural sector
The Ministers of Agriculture of the Republic of Moldova and Romania agreed to promote Moldovan agricultural products to the Romanian and other markets of the European Union. This issue was raised at the meeting of Viorel Gerchu, Minister of Agriculture and Food Industry of Moldova, with his Romanian counterpart Adrian Oros. The parties discussed the possibilities of building up bilateral cooperation in the field of agriculture, expanding existing partnerships and identifying new development projects in the agricultural sector, MOLDPRES reports.
Viorel Gercu noted that Moldovan agricultural producers are interested in increasing the level of competitiveness by promoting agricultural products to Romania, as well as to third markets.
“The priority of the Government of the Republic of Moldova is to stimulate agricultural activity, since this sector is an important link in the national economy. The Ministry of Agriculture and Food Industry calls on local agricultural producers to create and maintain viable businesses, to produce high quality products that meet EU requirements and ensure long-term profitability, ”the minister said.
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Other topics of discussion related to cooperation with the Romanian side in the field of conservation, selection and improvement of animal genetic resources; distribution of high-quality seed material of corn hybrids from the Republic of Moldova to the Romanian market with the help of the Phytotechnical Institute; intensifying trade in agri-food products; establishing partnerships with retail chains in order to promote Moldovan products at the local level.
In this regard, Romanian Minister Adrian Oros expressed his readiness to continue cooperation between payment agencies on the basis of a protocol concluded between the agencies. At the same time, he assured that he would stimulate the exchange of experience and the introduction of best practices in order to update the legislation on rural development and the implementation of the LEADER program in Moldova.