Romania: The drought and the restrictive measures threatening 1/3 of the arable land

Romania: The drought and the restrictive measures threatening 1/3 of the arable land

Agriculture and Rural Development Minister Adrian Oros said on Thursday that the drought had already affected 3 million hectares of crops in southeastern Romania, which accounts for almost a third of the 9.5 million arable land (2019). These problems exacerbate the losses caused by restrictions that have been put in place to prevent the spread of coronavirus, Minister Adrian Oros explained.

Farmers have said that in nine areas – Brăila, Tulcea, Ialomiţa, Buzău, Constanta, Călăraşi, Vaslui, Iaşi and Botoşani – it has not rained since September 2019. Only 20% of Romania’s agricultural land has irrigation systems, according to the National Land Improvement Service.

The Minister assured everyone that there were significant stocks of beef and chicken, eggs, dairy products and vegetables due to the change in consumer behavior during the crisis and the closure of the HORECA sector (hotels, restaurants, cafes), which consumes some of these products. /ibna