Romania registered last year a EUR 514.3 million surplus in agri-food trade, on an uptrend by about 60 percent as against the EUR 324.9 million positive balance it had reported at end-2013.
“I’m glad we enjoy a second year positive balance. It is something that was also remarked by the European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development Phil Hogan on the occasion of the visit he paid to Bucharest, that Romania becomes a player more and more important on the European market, in particular in cereals’ sector. Now we have to make the next step, to integrate all of this yield and export more processed goods in the future, and the European funds of the future Rural Development National Programme (PNDR) 2014-2020 will go with priority in this direction,” the Agriculture and Rural Development minister Daniel Constantin told Agerpres on Sunday.
Romania has exported in 2014 agri-food products worth EUR 5.409 billion, EUR 311.5 million more against the previous year (a 6.1 percent increase), while its imports, worth EUR 4.895 billion, registered a lower increase of 2.6 percent as compared to 2013.