Romanian farmers were not in a hurry to provide financing projects for agricultural processing points

Of the more than 140 million euros, only 56 percent of the amount has been provided since October. Those who in the past relied on European funds and managed to develop their own small factories prove the success of local products.

Nikolai is 38 years old and has taken over an animal farm from his parents in Vento de Gos in Alba. Invest in a milk processing parlor and enter the market with delicious cheeses.

5 years ago, it developed a modern production line for 44 thousand euros. In total, the investment amounted to 100 thousand euros, part of which was European money.

Nicolae Romoșan – Cheese Producer: “Since I got there, I can say that I have at least tripled the amount of liters of milk we process without equipment. We can now store 1500 liters of milk in cryogenic tanks and we can coagulate 1000 liters of milk in curd valves per day. If I didn’t have the equipment, I wouldn’t be where I am today.”

The manager of this fruit farm in Bistrica Nosod got access to European money in 2011 and was able to open a natural juice factory. The costs of this investment amounted to 300,000 euros, with 50 percent co-financing. Apple juice is now sold in supermarkets.

Aurel Onigaș, producer of cider: “I saw the installation in Austria, and I also took the equipment from there. I can say that it was used up in a couple of years at first, it went well, it works so far.”

This Cluj County product makes raspberry syrup, chili jam, quince nut, rosehip paste, zakuska, and horn jam. He wants to expand and intends to access European money even if – he says – the standards are restrictive.

Paul Căpuan – a local producer: “The conditions required are a bit strict and difficult to meet. If we are talking about a local product that is a bit smaller and cannot provide larger quantities. I think the best option is processing” .

Since the beginning of October, 129 such projects have been submitted with a total value of just 81 million euros – just over 50 percent of the total budget allocated to processing items. For this reason, the application deadline has been extended to February 7. The non-reimbursable subsidy is 50 percent of the required amount, and the funds can also be used to market agricultural products.

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