Moldovan authorities, farmers consider problems in animal husbandry sector
15:19 | 19.08.2021 Category: Economic
Chisinau, 19 August /MOLDPRES/ - Agriculture and Food Industry Minister Viorel Gherciu on 18 August organized a joint news conference with representatives of the animal husbandry sector. The participants discussed the share of the animal farming production, quality of the products got, profitableness and challenges in the sector.
The farmers informed that the conditions of work were difficult in the sector, including in the wake of the last year natural calamities, as well as given that the prices for fodder are excessively high and the milk’s delivery price hardly cover the expenses borne.
At the same time, the famers said that the animal husbandry sector was facing the lack of qualified workers in the field, a few pastures of proper quality and insufficient irrigation capacities. The farmers say that these challenges create premises which lead to a low profitableness of the animal husbandry sector and decrease in the number of animals. Nevertheless, due to the implementation of state’s policies, a 1-per cent increase in the heads of cattle and a 7-per cent increase in the number of cash cows are recorded in agricultural enterprisers and peasant farms against the last year.
The farmers noted also the problem of marking pigs with signs on ears and the need to change the system of pigs’ identification, through adjusting the sector’s normative framework. The pork breeders gave assurances that they can supply the needs of the domestic market with native pork.
For their part, apiculturists’ representatives said that the bee-keeping sector had registered major losses in the 2020 year because of the climate conditions, with the honey production dropping by a half against 2019. Bee-keepers involved more problems faced in relation with the Moldsilva Forestry Agency. They also reiterated the discontents with the restrictions imposed by the national Food Safety Agency (ANSA) as to the issuance of the form F2, necessary for the sale of natural honey.
According to farmers from the aquaculture field, the quantity of native fish increased 1.5 fold in the last ten years and is 12,680 tons (in 2019) or 38.4 per cent of the value of the entire fish production and the respective production consumed in Moldova. At the same time, they invoked the discontent with some legislative initiatives, which might make difficult the work of breeding fish in Moldova.
In the context of the information made available by farmers, Agriculture and Food Industry Minister Viorel Gherciu said that the reviving of the animal husbandry sector was among the key priorities of the ministry’s leadership. ‘’We are set to boost the competitiveness of the animal origin products on the international market, including the EU one. To this end, we will continue adjusting and harmonizing the national legislation to the requirements of the international norms. We urge farmers to show increased interest in the projects which help agricultural enterprises to implement advanced technologies in the field of breeding, feeding, amelioration, selection, reproduction and protection of animals,’’ the official said.