Friday, June 13, 2008

Bulgaria and Romania to Collaborate in Agriculture Area

Sofia News Agency

Joint branch organizations in the agricultural area would be created between Bulgaria and Romania, according to an agreement signed Wednesday by the Agriculture Ministers of both countries.

In the upcoming 10 days, Bulgarian experts will study Romanian experience in the subsidizing of milk production and will begin applying it in the milk production in Bulgaria.

The subsidizing of milk production from the State budget in Romania has been established by a Cabinet decision and has been coordinated with the EC. In Bulgaria such subsidizing does not exist. At the moment the Romanian State helps milk producers with EUR 0,8 per liter.

By the end of the year Bulgaria must create a National Registry and an Information System and request their notification from the EC, according to Valeri Tsvetanov, Bulgarian Agriculture Minister.

"This is precisely the direction where we would seek the Romanian assistance and afterwards we would hold an expert meeting"' stated Tsvetanov.

The Minister denied rumors that the Director of the National Veterinary Agency Zheko Boychev has been fired, adding however, that structural changes at his Ministry are forthcoming.

The Bulgarian and Romanian Minister further agreed to meet each month in Ruse or Giurgevo and to invite the Greek Agriculture Minister to those meetings as well.

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