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The Romanian Farmers’ Club launches the study on the need for a national drainage program

The Romanian Farmers’ Club launches the study on the need for a national drainage program

The Romanian Farmers’ Club launches a project for the elaboration of a study on the necessity, the opportunity and the benefits of an integrated program of rehabilitation of the drainage infrastructure at the national level.

As part of the program of dialogue with the Romanian authorities responsible for agriculture, the Romanian Farmers’ Club for Performant Agriculture organized a working meeting on August the 1st in Bucharestto identify and analyze the risks affecting the activity of farmers in the Banat region, mainly caused by the current state of the infrastructure and drainagefacilities.

The meeting was attended by performant farmers from the Western region, members of the Romanian Farmers’ Club, representatives of the Romanian authorities responsible for agriculture: Mr. Alexandru STĂNESCU, President of the Committee on Agriculture, Forestry, Food Industry and pecific Services of the Chamber of Deputies of the Romanian Parliament, Mr. Adrian CHESNOIU, General Manager A.F.I.R., Mr. Florin BARBU,general manager A.N.I.F., representatives of USAMV Timișoara and specialists from A.N.I.F.

The working group confirmed that the issue of drainage is of strategic interest because of the current phenomena of climate change having direct, increasingly intense effects on agricultural production, ood security, infrastructure security of rural and urban communities.

The main decision of the working group is to launch a study on the necessity and the opportunity of a national program to restore the drainage and soilerosion control infrastructure. The elaboration of the study is to be carried out in several stages, circumscribed to the regions affected by the problems of excess humidity.

The farmers from Banat who took part in the meeting confirmed their support, including financial contribution, to the elaboration of the above-mentioned study, by hiring a team that will involve specialists from several fields relevant to the problem of soil drainage and protection.The project will be implemented by the Romanian Farmers’ Club within a multi-sectoral partnership, with the support of the Committee for Agriculture in the Chamber of Deputies, of the academic and research institutions, as well as of the specialists A.N.I.F.

The discussion of the members of the Club with the representatives of the Romanian authorities present at the meeting validated the need for a strengthened partnership between private and government actors active in agriculture, especially in this extremely important stage of defining the National Strategic Plan. This is to identify and make solid arguments available to the Romanian authorities in order to obtain European funding for such a national program.

Alexandru Stănescu, the President of the Agriculture Commission of the Chamber of Deputies, appreciated the initiative of the Romanian Farmers Club and of the working group of Banat farmers to support the Romanian authorities by elaborating studies and analyses that support the recommendations of legislative changes, but also in the process of elaboration of the future National Strategic Plan. Solving the drainage infrastructure problem is strategic and requires the cooperation of the Government, Parliament, and farmers.

Florin Barbu, General Manager A.N.I.F., said: “We will do our best to ensure that the drainage infrastructure benefits from investments similar to the ones in irrigation. We hope that through the future PNDR we will be able to attract European funds for this part of the land improvements. All versions feasible to rehabilitate the drainage infrastructure will be analysed and exposed in Brussels”.

Adrian Chesnoiu, General Manager A.F.I.R. pointed out that “the Romanian high-performing farmers need measures to ensure the predictability of their business, in a global competition of the agricultural products market, affected by climate change, and, at European level, by the CAP reform measures on the environment and sustainable agriculture. The CAP reform brings a new working paradigm in the elaboration of the priority measures and programs for the development of agriculture. The farmers must be directly involved in the elaboration of the future National Strategic Plan, which will structure and prioritize the European financing for the development of agriculture”.

“The Romanian Farmers’ Club remains dedicated to its mission of supporting the authorities, by providing studies and analyses elaborated by teams of employed experts, starting from knowing the concrete needs of the farmers. The study on the necessity of restoring the drainage infrastructure will contribute to the effort of the Romanian authorities to attract European funding”, said Florian Ciolacu, executive director of the Romanian Farmers’ Club. “The current situation of the drainage systems in the Western region of Romania permanently generates major risks of crop compromising, as evidenced by the analysis of the losses registered by the farmers. The meeting today, in this formula, is important for highlighting the possible working scenarios for solving these problems”, concluded Florian Ciolacu.

“Following today’s discussions and the proposals regarding the approach of the project, it is clear what we have to do and we want to get started. The action stages have been outlined and we are glad that we have the support of the authorities responsible for agriculture for launching the study and implementing the pilot project in Banat”, said Nicolae Apopi, vice-president of the Romanian Farmers’ Club, the administrator of the AGRO BADEN BANAT and POPAGRA farms in Arad.

The study would be carried out by a team of experts employed by the Club, who would benefit from the specialized support of A.N.I.F., A.F.I.R., the Committee on Agriculture in the Chamber of Deputies, of the Section for Agriculture within the Romanian Representation in Brussels.

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