Representatives of the Association of Sheep and Goat Breeders are warning of the risk that the numbers of sheep owned by Romanian farmers may have halved by 2020. The problem of the sustainability of the sector was also raised, in conditions in which sheep breeders are not managing to write off their costs.
Selling prices have dropped to a worrying level, and as a result, sheep breeders are not managing to make a profit. The price of a kilogram of mutton is around RON 8, whereas commercial exporters sell mutton for USD 12 a kilogram.
The main country of export for Romanian sheep is Jordan, followed by Libya, Greece and Israel. Jordan bought a total value of EUR 72.7 million worth of Romanian sheep last year, representing 43% of the total sheep exports.
What tools does the Commission have to contribute to the sustainability of the above sector and avoid the risk of the number of sheep owned by Romanian farmers halving by 2020?