In the context of a potential food crisis, the Romanian authorities have thought of a solution for monitoring agri-food stocks not only from the national reserve, but also from smaller or larger farmers in Mioritic lands.
The reality in the Romanian market is as simple as possible. Although the problems with food in Europe, the grain or cooking oil crisis are well known, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development does not currently have a complete picture of the quantities of agri-food products available at national level. In this context, the Minister’s latest project aims to create a database, regularly updated, aimed at centralizing stocks of 17 agri-food products owned by producers, depositories, processors and traders.
A new database, a significant stress for Romanians in agriculture
The proposal for an emergency ordinance from the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development is to reach the Government in the next few days, for approval. It details the implementation of a database platform dedicated to the centralization of stocks of agri-food products owned by producers, warehousekeepers, processors and traders.
The idea behind it is to facilitate the centralized management by MADR of the data currently available in various public and private institutions, through an online platform.
“Romania has enough food stocks and produces enough to ensure the internal consumption of the population, but in the current global context, we must be prepared for any kind of scenario. There is already pressure on international markets for food trade, caused by the Russian-Ukrainian military conflict, which has overlapped with the effects of the pandemic and the energy and gas crisis.
Centralized monitoring of the quantities of agricultural and food products available is essential to reduce the risks that may arise in the field of food security and will allow us to act effectively with targeted public policies, if the situation requires it, “said Adrian Chesnoiu, Minister of Agriculture.
Data will be reported by the 15th of each month, showing stocks at the end of the previous month for each of the following products:
a) fruit and vegetables,
b) cereals and cereal products,
c) oilseeds and oilseed products,
d) fodder legumes;
e) certified seed: cereals, rice, oilseeds and protein crops,
f) meat and meat products, with a shelf life of more than 10 days, including canned meat and mixed products,
g) milk and milk products,
h) milling and bakery products,
i) processed, processed, preserved fruit and vegetable products,
j) fats and oils,
k) water, including natural mineral water, spring water and all other bottled or bottled water,
m) herbs, salt and spices,
Exceptions to the rule will be made by traders who have marketing areas of less than 400 square meters, street vendors, those who carry out public catering activities or those who carry out marketing activities in public areas.
Last but not least, producers who have stocks smaller than the following on the last day of the previous month do not have to take responsibility for reporting:
a) 10,000 kg – vegetables, including potatoes
b) 10,000 kg – fruit
c) 25,000 kg – cereals
d) 20,000 kg – oilseeds
e) 10,000 kg – fodder legumes
f) 300 kg – aromatic plants
g) 50 kg – honey