She added that the area cultivated with ecological products would reach 200,000 ha, compared with 190,000 ha in 2007.
Currently, consumption of ecological products in Romania stands at around 2% of the total consumption of foodstuff, while in Germany it exceeds 10%. Ecological products are between 20 and 40% more expensive than conventional products.
The „ea” mark, for „ecological agriculture” is currently used by 64 operators. As of Jan 1, 2009, the European mark for ecological products will be mandatory, the national one will remain optional.