After several changes to the law for setting up chambers of agriculture, forestry and rural development were passed by the Parliament this June, the first elections for the leadership of these organizations will be organized in October, said Laurentiu Baciu, president of the League of Romanian Farmers’ Associations (LAPAR) today at the Mediafax Talks About Agriculture event.
Such chambers to represent the interests of farmers and food processors will make the Romanian agriculture less vulnerable to political and legal changes, said Dacian Ciolos, the European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development during the same event. “I would like to stress the importance of setting up these chambers of agriculture. These institutions could, if they do not get politically involved, and I stress this, ensure continuity for the development of the Romanian agriculture,” said Ciolos.
Chambers of agriculture can ensure economic representation of the agricultural sector, encourage the association of and ensure “a structured and mature dialogue” with the authorities explained the commissioner. He stressed the importance of setting up the chambers and making them functional as soon as possible in order for Romania to benefit from measures dedicated to these institutions included in the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) for 2014-2020.