Potential of Romanian Agriculture Strong
In 2017, Romanian agricultural output made history. The country beat its record producing over 27 million tons of cereals in 2017, and also registered its largest wheat production in history: over 10 million tonnes (an average of 4,836 kg/ha.) Similarly, for rapeseed, peas, barley and sunflower.
In 2017, Romania kept its position as the leading sunflower seeds producer in the EU with production of over 3.150 million tonnes.
Romania has an agricultural capacity of approximately 14.7 million hectares, of which approximately 10 million ha are used as arable land. The soil is fertile and the climate is favorable for agriculture, animal husbandry, vegetable growing, fruit and horticulture.
Almost a third of the total EU agricultural land is owned by Romania: 33.5% of all EU farms. The main locally produced agriculture products in Romania are:
– grains: wheat, corn, barley, rape
– sugar beets
– sunflower seed
– pork, poultry
Irrigation systems are a key element in the Romanian agriculture. In 2018, the Romanian officials are putting forward programs to assist with the modernization of state-owned irrigation systems and also to encourage farmers to organize Water Users Federations, and thus be able to access European funds to create their own irrigation systems. According to them, 1.3 million hectares will soon benefit from irrigation systems in Romania.