Romanian Agriculture After Five Years Of EU Funds: 2.5M-Ton Silos, 9,000 Tractors And 25% More Fertilizer

Romanian farmers have received almost EUR4 billion for investment projects in the six years the EU has been pumping funds into agriculture. But what is the actual impact of these funds on agriculture indicators?

"In the past two years I have bought two combines, two tractors, two seed drills and we have installed an irrigation system. The investments amounted to EUR1.5 million and the projects were carried out with European money," says Vasile Berbecel, owner of Ceres Smirna, a company that exploits 2,600 ha of land in Ialomita county (SE Romania).

Similar investments have been made by other local farmers, considering that data of the Agriculture Ministry shows an increase on farming equipment, storage infrastructure and fertilizer use as compared with five years ago.

In the entire economy, the storage facility infrastructure has increased its capacity by 16% in the last four years to 17.3 million tons of farming raw materials.

In the entire economy, the storage facility infrastructure has increased its capacity by 16% in the last four years to 17.3 million tons of farming raw materials.

Farmers bought 9,000 new and second-hand tractors from 2007 to 2011 and fertilizer use went up 25% during the same period.

Building silos: a risk management instrument for farmers

Romanian farmers and grain traders built storage facilities with an overall capacity of around 2.5 million tons of raw materials between 2009 and 2012, shows data of the Agriculture Ministry. The new capacities can store EUR500 million worth of wheat, according to ZF calculations based on current market prices.

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