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May 1, 2012

Western European Farmers Look For New Prospects in Romania

Farming in the Romanian countrysidePhoto: OffGrid.Net
According to Le Monde and The Guardian, young western European farmers in search of new land to cultivate are finding it in Romania.  There are more than 15 million hectares of farmland in Romania and thousands of young farmers from the United Kingdom, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, and Spain have been heading there to farm.  They have been incentivized to increase yields and productivity using European agricultural subsidies that came into effect when Romania joined the European Union in 2007.

In 2010, the farming sector in Romania grew 11%.  Old farmsteads are being rebuilt and new agricultural investments made.  At an average of  €2,000 (US$2,600) a hectare, farmland is relatively inexpensive compared to other parts of Europe.  European Union subsidies under the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) are half the amount set aside for western Europe.  However, this will become equal in 2014.

For more see:

Bran, Mirel. "Farmers from western Europe look to Romania for pastures new." The Guardian, 1 May 2012.

Bran, Mirel. "La Roumanie fait figure d'eldorado pour les agriculteurs européens," Le Monde, 22 April 2012.

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