Romania has posted record exports of organic products in 2010 of 100 million euros, said Marian Cioceanu, Chairman of the Bio-Romania Association .
‘The exports of organic products reached 100 million euros in 2010, according to first estimates, which is a record level compared with the year before, with oil seeds, honey, fruits and vegetables being the heaviest exported, particularly as raw materials, and some processed products,’ said Cioceanu.
He mentioned that the increase in such exports, after a drop by 20 percent in 2009, was the result of public subsidies having been earmarked for producers of bio products, which boosted the areas under such crops and the number of producers.
‘Consumption of ecologically certified products reached only 1 percent of total consumption in Romania, but most of such products came from abroad because Romania is still an export market for such products as raw materials and not as processed products,’ Cioceanu explained.
There are currently more than 4,500 operators on Romania’s market for organic products, which is valued at 10 million euros, that practice free-range agriculture, up from 2,900 in 2009, while land under bio crops increased from 240,000 hectares in 2009 to 260,000 hectares in 2010.
Germany is one of the most important destinations for Romanian exports of organic products. The Netherlands, Denmark, Italy and the UK are also important destinations.
Data with Bio-Romania indicate the highest in demand on the domestic market are cheeses, eggs, cereals and breads, while oil seeds, cereals, proteins and processed products including cheese, honey, edible bio oil and wine are highest in demand for exportation.
Text: Green Planet