Fifteen Years celebrations (2004-2019)

Bio Farm Crucea celebrates its first fifteen years in Romania. A big group of 20 people coming from Fossano (Cuneo), slow food chapter, and many company’s partners and providers have gathered together last monday (June 3rd), in Crucea.

They visited the renovated company’s headquarters, cultivated fields and the local surroundings (Sfanta Cruce and Delta Danube).

A light lunch and local wine tasting was offered to all our guests and friends.

Domeniul Vladoi wine tasting

Next monday, June 3rd, Anca Maria Vladoi (third generation of winemaker), will come to our headquarters in Crucea to welcome Slow Food Chapter and Bio Farm’s guests.

His grand father, Niculae Vladoi, was a passionate viticulturist who brought with him the love for wine and grapes, setting up at “Siminoc” the first vineyard consisting of hybrid and noble breeds. Although a great part of the vineyard was confiscated during the Communist regime, the passion continued to exist, even if it came down to the little vineyard they had next to the family’s house.

After the Communist regime ended in 1989, the family reacquired the legacy left by Niculae Vladoi: a 19 hectares old and debilitated vineyard from which the family will produce the first wine in 1995. In 2005, the Vladoi family decides to replace all the existing vine shoot with breeds that had a greater capacity to accumulate aromas and sugar, at the expense of quantity.

The modernization project for the winery was approved in 2009. A drip irrigation system was put in place and a new viticulture tractor and other gears were bought. The funding obtained through the modernization project helped the family to create a young grapevine consisting of superior breeds. Since then, the grapes have been processed on a performant production line including stainless steel fermentation tanks, pneumatic grape press and other facilities that are required to produce high quality wines.

In this manner, at Siminoc arose a modern winery where the grapes have been harvested from the family’s plantation and turned into premium wines.

Welcome DOMENIUL VLADOI

Romania becomes a major grain producer and exporter in the EU

Romania consolidates its position as a major producer and exporter of cereals in the European Union as it registered good crops during the last couple of years.

Last year, Romania was the third producer of cereals in the EU, after France and Germany, with 31.2 million of tonnes.

The eastern European country is now the biggest producer of corn and sunflower seeds within the EU, with total output of almost 19 million tonnes of corn and 3.35 million tonnes of sunflower seeds, according to Agerpres.

Due to larger output, Romania’s export of cereals rose last year by 1 million tonnes up to 12 million tonnes, a record level, and the value of cereal exports was EUR 2.2 billion.

Rising food import

In 2018, Romania imported food and live animals of EUR 6.07 billion, up 2 percent against 2017, while exports rose by 3.6 percent up to EUR 4.2 billion, according to fresh Eurostat data.

The Romanian agriculture sector recorded its best results in history last year, with record yields for wheat, maize and sunflower.

The total grain harvest in 2018 – about 31 million tons – ranks Romania on the third place in the EU but first for maize harvest for the second year in a row.

Eurostat data show that Romania ranks third in the EU, after France and Germany, in cereal production, with 31.89 million tons.

Despite larger cereal output, Romania has registered last year an all-time high value of food imports on higher domestic demand.

Source: Business Review 30 May 2019

Record year for agriculture in 2018: Romania ranks first in EU for maize and sunflower production

The Romanian agriculture sector recorded its best results in history last year, with record yields for wheat, maize and sunflower. The total grain harvest in 2018 – about 31 million tons – ranks Romania on the third place in the European Union (EU), but first for maize harvest for the second year in a row.

Data from the European Institute of Statistics show that Romania ranks third in the EU, after France and Germany, in cereal production, with 31.89 million tons. However, the figures from the Agriculture Ministry are slightly more weighted and indicate only 30 million tons, of which 12 million tons of grain cereal production in the summer.

In maize, Romania is for the second consecutive year on the first position in the EU with a total harvest of 19 million tons, up by almost 33 percent compared to 2017 and with a yield of 7.8 tons per hectare, ahead of France, which gained 12.59 million tons this year.

Romania produces almost 28 percent of the European Union maize. The biggest producer is Agricost (from Insula Mare a Brailei), followed by Comcereal Dolj and Transavia.

For wheat production Romania is on the 4th position in the EU with 10.27 million tons, an increase of 2.36 percent over last year and an average of 4.8 tons per ha. Sunflower harvest rose to 3.35 million tons in 2018, up 15.01 percent over 2017 at a yield of 2.9 tons / ha. This data positions Romania on the first place in the EU.
Last year was also a good year for vineyards, with grapes producing more by 74.08 percent compared to 2017, up to 83.000 tons, with a yield of 9.4 tons / ha, while grape wine increased by 13.3 percent, totaling 1.155 million tons. The average per hectare was 6.7 tons.

The International Organization of Vine and Wine (OIV) estimated at the end of October that Romania recorded a 21 percent increase in wine production up to 5.2 million hectoliters, higher than 2013, the record year so far, when 5.113 million hectoliters were recorded.

On the other hand, there were crops with lower production in 2018. For barley the harvest was down 1.54 percent, the total reaching 1.87 million tons, with a yield of 5.2 tons / ha; for rapeseed oil the production was 1.51 million tons, down 9.46 percent at a yield of 2.3 tons / ha; sugar beet – 921,000 tons, a 21.58 percent decrease and an average of 40.6 tons / ha, and for autumn potatoes the production was 2.4 million tons (minus 10.03 percent) with a yield of 16.7 tons / ha.

SOURCE: Business Review January 2019