The drastic reduction of the area planted with sugar beet

Currently, Romania’s sugar beet crops occupy 9.17% of the area recorded in 1989, and of the 33 processing plants only four have remained, which means that despite the production potential, Romania must cover the majority of consumption through imports. Romania has a series of strengths in this sector, namely the land that is suitable for this crop, good weather conditions, and an average exploited area of 24 hectares (double the European average of 10 hectares). The higher crop yield and production quality could lead to increased productivity and production, putting Romania in a competitive position in relation to other European countries.

How does the Commission consider that Romania could be supported so that this sector may grow and enter the European market?