The Republic of Moldova will have smaller harvests this year than initially expected, but enough to guarantee food security.
The Republic of Moldova this year will have smaller harvests than initially expected, but enough to ensure food security. The impact of the drought is growing for agriculture in the Republic of Moldova, and farmers say they are already noticing the effects of dry weather in the fields.
This year’s wheat harvest will be lower than last year, but also than the forecasts made by farmers at the beginning of the year. The lack of rains has had its say on wheat crops, but also on corn and sunflower, says the state secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture, Vasile Șarban.
“We predicted that we would have a harvest of 900 thousand tons, we now expect that it will be a harvest lower than 800 thousand tons. Once the harvest has begun, we see that we do not have as optimistic scenarios and we are talking about first group cereals. If we continue to face drought, we still have corn, sunflower, which occupies a significant area, they go to compromise.“, Said Vasile Șarban.
The executive director of the Federation of Farmers of the Republic of Moldova, Vasile Mîrzenco, says that this is a complicated one for agriculture, which has become a habit for the agricultural sector in the Republic of Moldova.
“In agriculture there have always been very complicated situations, even when there have been good harvests, farmers have problems anyway. A large harvest leads to a decrease in the purchase price of production and in any case income in farmers’ accounts is not what they fully deserve. When we have good harvests, we have a different mood, the eyes enjoy what they see in the field, now the eyes almost cry when they see in the field how the plants suffocate due to this drought “, mentioned Vasile Mîrzenco.
The drought most affected the districts in the south of the Republic of Moldova.