Main ruling party leader Liviu Dragnea announced on Sunday that the Romanian government will increase subsidies and lower Value Added Tax (VAT) for vegetable growers. The goal is that in five or six years eating “Made in Romania” will be much more common.
“We will grant subsidies for the purchase of thermal power stations to cover winter months, both solariums and greenhouses,” the Chairman of the Social Democratic Party said, explaining that those who will supply early tomatoes to the market, from Dec. 1 to May 1, will receive a grant of 6,000 euros (6,742 U.S. dollars), while those who come out with tomatoes after May 1, as they have done so far, will receive 4,000 euros.
According to Dragnea, the authorities have already developed the extension of the tomato program launched in 2017, which provides for a 3,000-euro subsidy per thousand square meters.
He announced that the program would be extended to six other types of vegetables — sweet pepper, hot pepper, kapia pepper, pimiento pepper, cucumbers and eggplants, where 1,000 euros per thousand square meters will be allocated at the beginning of the program.