DAR campaign – Regional Agricultural Dialogue, started in Cahul, on July 23rd. The event was opened by the president of the Worldwide Moldovan Business Association – Alexei Repede, who came with the initiative of such a dialogue dedicated to identifying the barriers and opportunities for the development of the agri-food sector in the Republic of Moldova. The first event was attended by representatives of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development of Romania – State Secretary, Alexandru Valentin Țachianu, as well as the General Secretary of State from the Ministry of Agriculture, Regional Development and Environment of the Republic of Moldova – Iurie Ușurelu. During the event, agricultural entrepreneurs and representatives of local public authorities were present.
The second event of the DAR campaign was organised in Cimișlia, an event that brought together agricultural entrepreneurs from Leova, Basarabeasca, Comrat and Ceadîr Lunga districts. The agricultural producers in the regions have noticed numerous problems, among which the priority – limited access to financial resources, which will allow a considerable growth, but above all – sustainable of the agricultural sector. The representatives of the local public authorities of level I and II, as well as implicitly the farmers, listed the investment needs, among which are:
- Construction of a fruit and vegetable processing plant;
- Construction of the agri-food market in Cimişlia district;
- Establishment of a honey packing house;
- Creation of a breeding center for animal selection;
- Stimulating the increase in the number of heads of cows and ensuring the quantity of milk as a raw material for the milk processing plant in Cimişlia;
- Construction of a lake for irrigation.
The DAR – Regional Agricultural Dialogue event in Căușeni was held on July 25th. The agricultural contractors from Căușeni, Ștefan Vodă and Anenii Noi, pointed out that they are experiencing extremely high damage due to frequent hail rains, which is why the most stated problem was the rehabilitation of the hail systems in the region, emphasizing that the numerous addresses to the authorities they did not lead to the problem being solved. The problem of lack of irrigation systems, which hinders or even stops the growth of agricultural production, was also noticed.
The DAR campaign continued the series of regional events in Hânceşti, on July 26. The specificity of the region and the sectoral issues were addressed together with the agricultural contractors and the representatives of the local public authorities from the Hâncești and Ialoveni districts. In this region there has been an increased interest for the zootechnical sector, in the Hîncești district being modern farms of bulls, pigs and sheep. Also, the district is one of the largest districts that cultivate organic crops. Among the most pressing problems faced by farmers in the region, there were references to:
- The reality that requires the sale of the product without invoices and the impossibility of presenting them in the cooperatives;
- The high bureaucracy to obtain subsidy for the products that have suffered as a result of the weather;
- Promotion and creation of centers of interest in rural areas for young people who are interested in fields other than agriculture.
At the end of the first week of the DAR campaign, the president of the Worldwide Moldovan Business Association, declared: “The events of the first week of the DAR campaign, organized in the South and Center of the country, demonstrated the urgent need for dialogue between decision-makers and farmers. The conclusions drawn from this first week are the following:
- There is a special interest for the development of the zootechnical sector, in fact its revitalization;
- Animal breeders are requesting discussions with representatives of the authorities to harmonize the requirements of the legislation with the realities in the field: requesting a shorter period of experience in the field to obtain subsidies, not 3 years as currently requested;
- Young people are interested in business in the agricultural field, but access to financing programs and especially to lending is limited;
- The need to install and equip with anti-hail systems is a vital one, as well as the construction of new rocket points, which will protect the agricultural plantations in the region;
- Considerable investments are needed for the construction of the lakes for irrigation and the development of an irrigation network connected with the Prut River.
The requests and notifications of farmers in each village/town/district/region are required to be heard and most importantly, the identification of financial sources for solving problems must become a priority, with a clear, measurable, evaluated and updated action plan!”