The emerging markets in CE, SE and Eastern Europe include Romania, Poland, Hungary, Turkey, Serbia.

The emerging markets in CE, SE and Eastern Europe include Romania, Poland, Hungary, Turkey, Serbia.
The emerging markets in CE, SE and Eastern Europe include Romania, Poland, Hungary, Turkey, Serbia, Lithuania.

Tuesday, 3 November 2015

The Agricultural Crops and the Irrigation System in Romania

Romania is one of the most important agricultural crops producers in Europe.

According to the National Institute of Statistics, the agricultural production in Romania has increased by 2.9% in 2014 compared to 2013. The crop production, animal production and agricultural services production have registered increases of 2.9%, 2.5% and 24.3% respectively, in 2014 compared to 2013.

The Romanian crop production by main crops, has recorded the following increases in 2014 compared to 2013, according to the National Institute of Statistics:
  • cereals for grains: +3.4%
  • oilseed crops: +15.1%
  • sugar beet: +31.9%
  • potatoes: +7.0%
According to estimations and forecasts published by the EU, the soybean production has recorded 215 thousand tonnes in Romania in 2015, up by 6% compared to 2014.

According to the League of Farmer Associations in Romania (LAPAR), the drought has seriously damaged the crops in 2015 and has caused losses of 2 billion EUR to producers, this representing unrecoverable investments leading to the increase of prices for the Romanian products.

According to the forecasts published by the EU, the total cereal production in Romania has recorded 16,628 thousand tonnes in 2015, this representing a decrease by 25.7% compared to 2014, mainly due to the drought and the poor irrigation system currently in place.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development intends to modernise the main irrigation system in Romania by allocating 145 million EUR annually in the next seven years. The secondary infrastructure could benefit from EU funds of over 430 million EUR. The EU funds, which correspond to the 2014 - 2020 programming period, will be allocated through the National Rural Development Programme.

Romanian farmers pressure the Government and the Parliament into supporting the repairs and development of existing irrigation systems, as well as building new irrigation installations to secure more efficient crops. The Romanian authorities aim to approve an investment project of approximately one billion EUR in irrigation system for the next five years.

Other forecasts published by the EU include the following data:

  • soft wheat production: 7,030 thousand tonnes in 2015 (According to FRD Center analysis -10% compared to 2014)
  • durum wheat production: 12 thousand tonnes in 2015 (-6% compared to 2014)
  • barley production: 1,403 thousand tonnes in 2015 (-24% compared to 2014)
  • grain maize production: 7,547 thousand tonnes in 2015 (According to FRD Center analysis -37% compared to 2014)
  • rye production: 21 thousand tonnes in 2015 (-20% compared to 2014)
  • sorghum production: 40 thousand tonnes in 2015 (-30% compared to 2014)
  • oats production: 320 thousand tonnes in 2015 (-12% compared to 2014)
  • triticale production: 249 thousand tonnes in 2015 (According to FRD Center analysis-12% compared to 2014)
  • rape and turnip rape production: 912 thousand tonnes in 2015 (-15% compared to 2014)
  • sunflower production: 1,590 thousand tonnes in 2015 (-25% compared to 2014)
For tailor-made sector data and B2B matchmaking with players in the agricultural sector in Romania, feel free to contact the FRD Center team at: 
email: europa@frdcenter.ro
tel: +4021 411 1459/60/61
FRD Center provides market research in Eastern Europe and the region, B2B matchmaking in the CE Europe and SEE, M&A assistance in Romania, in CEE and SEE, in the Emerging Markets in Europe.

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