The Eco-Agriculture exhibition held within the Indagra Fair between October 19 and 23 at the Romexpo Exhibitions Centre, gathers for the first time foreign companies, not only Romanian producers of green products.
According to the Association of Green Agriculture Operators Bio-Romania, responsible with holding the event, another novelty of this year’s exhibition is the introduction of green certified products in the personal care field (bio cosmetics), as well as green certified producers of detergents, textiles and traditional handmade crafts.
There are more than 4,500 operators on the roughly 10 million-euro bio market in Romania at the moment, operators who practise the green agriculture, as compared to the 2,900 in 2009 whereas the bio crops covered 260,000 hectares in 2010 as compared to the 240,000 in 2009.
Romania exports most of its green products at the moment, ranging from honey to edible oil, oilseed products and fruit, more than 90 percent to countries in the European Union where they are processed to become finished products. The main destinations are Germany, Italy, Spain, the UK and the Scandinavian countries.
According to the data provided by the Ministry of Agriculture, the exports of green products from Romania went up in 2010, reaching a record level of 100 million euros compared to the 80 million in 2009. Romania benefits from one of the most fertile lands in Europe, with three million hectares of uncultivated land and roughly two million small subsistence farms in 2010 for which the conversion to the green agriculture would be beneficial if the state supported the production and processing of these products.
The experts of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development believe Romania could achieve exports of green products in excess of 1.5 billion euros over the upcoming half decade, if this sector is supported by the authorities.
The local consumption of green products is restricted to a mere percentage point in comparison to the 6-8 percent in the European Union.