Consumer interest in organic farming is on the rise in Romania, which should encourage farmers and agricultural institutions to establish an organic farming policy that is more profitable and easier to manage. Although consumer interest is on the up, organic farming in Romania is in decline and a recent study has shown that Romania and Poland underperform in terms of organic farming. Yet, Romania is ranked seventh of the ten countries with the highest total surface area given over to organic farming.
The problem of the diminishing number of organic farmers should set alarm bells ringing in Romania and Poland, but also across the EU, because this decline can affect the common agricultural yield. If organic farming is not supported, the losses could be substantial, and EU citizens who wish to buy these products will suffer.
What measures is the Commission considering to support these countries that are underperforming in organic farming?