A delegation of the Committee for Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing of the House of Representatives of the Republic of Indonesia has paid a visit to Romania over May 23-29, 2009, the agenda of talks being focused on the strengthening of the bilateral relations in various fields, including agriculture, the Committee for Agriculture with the Chamber of Deputies informed in a release.
As well, during the talks some aspects were emphasized, as the steadily positive evolution of the bilateral relations, Indonesia representing for Romania a political and economic partner with special importance in South East Asia.
Members of the Indonesian delegation appreciated Romania’s macro-economic stability and progress made in the implementation of the economic and social reform and underlined that the central point of Indonesia’s agricultural policy, „in a country with 20 million hectares of cultivable land is maintenance of food security and efficient promotion of production, processing and selling of agricultural products”.
In his turn, Chairman of the parliamentary committee Valeriu Tabara stressed the importance of agriculture in Romania, the outstanding potential we have, in conditions of a geographically balanced territory, with plains, hills and mountain zones in almost equal proportion, fact which allows Romania to have the potential to supply food for 80 million people when the country’s population is 22 million. This means that Romania can become an exporter of agricultural and food products.
The Indonesian delegation wished to find out as many details as possible about the reform and the legislation in agricultural field in Romania, the transition of this sector to the market economy, rural development policies, investment programme in infrastructure, environment, technical assistance for farmers, as well as the management of the forestry fund, the role and place of forests in the current context of a price decline for wood.
Romanian deputies stressed that connected to this aspect „Romania has for a long time joined Europe, together with Germany, Sweden, Finland, with its 6 million hectares national forestry fund, of which 5-7 percent national parks”. The Indonesian deputies showed interest in receiving the property laws, the forestry code and the land survey law.