Following an analysis conducted by the international network of firms Pricewaterhouse Coopers concerning the agricultural sector in Romania, a number of problems in the sector were highlighted. The report sets out the main reasons why the share of agriculture in GDP decreased from 22.6% in 1993 to 5% in 2015. The main factors that led to this reduction are: a lack of medium-sized farms, a lack of technology and irrigation, a huge fragmentation of farmland and shortcomings in the training of farm workers.
Despite the fact that one third of the population of Romania works in farming, individual productivity is very low, less than 20% of the European average. Furthermore, 85% of those working in farming are not employees, but are growing their own crops. Most people have learned how to farm through practice, without having studied the subject at all.
What tools does the Commission have at hand with a view to increasing the productivity of those who work in the agricultural sector?