The largest goji berry cultivation in Europe, in Satu Mare, may be forced to cease production

Despite achieving what was officially a record crop for Romania in the spring of this year, a farmer in Satu Mare has to cease production after seven years of work. The farmer, who is renting the land from the Greek Catholic Church in Ciuperceni, has been served a thirty-day notice to quit by the Agriș municipal authorities. The new mayor claims that, according to official records, the land on which the first organic goji berry plantation in the country is located must now revert to its original purpose and be used for pasture. This means that the first and only Romanian goji berry variety, grown and registered on the Ciuperceni plantation, is destined to disappear, along with the business which has been developed over the last few years. Emeric Kolbaszer has invested over EUR 300 000 in the plantation. The crops obtained from this cultivation have been exceptional. The fruits are the best in the world, according to research studies.

The farmer and the Agronomy Institute of Cluj Napoca have together created the first variety recorded in Romania. In collaboration with the plantation owner, the ‘Iuliu Hațieganu’ Institute of Medicines and Pharmaceuticals has patented a goji berry fruit extract for the pharmaceutical industry.

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