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Romanian PM opens Indagra int'l agro-fair in Bucharest

DATE:2014-10-30       SOURCE:Xinhua News Agency

BUCHAREST, Oct. 29 (Xinhua) -- Agriculture would be for Romania a powerful development engine for the future, Prime Minister Victor Ponta Wednesday told the opening of the annual INDAGRA international fair of farming products and equipment.


"After very many years, Romania has become a net exporter (of agricultural products), it can now produce more than national consumption, it can export more than it imports," said the prime minister, adding that the country's Black Sea port Constanta is No. 1 among European ports as a transit zone for the export of agricultural products.


"China is the world's largest market," he said, hoping his country will succeed in putting to work the agricultural potential, "so as to produce not only for us, but to also export as much as possible."


"Agriculture alongside energy would provide for our economic independence and be a powerful development engine for the future," he said, stressing that "an energy and agriculturally independent Romania is a powerful country that can support the development of all our neighbors in the region."


Ponta attended the opening of the country's most famous agro-fair INDAGRA, alongside his deputy and Agriculture Minister Daniel Constantin, as well as visiting Chinese counterpart Han Changfu.


Over 450 companies from 22 countries, including China, gathered at the Romexpo exhibition complex in northern Bucharest, in INDAGRA 2014, the International Agriculture, Horticulture, Viticulture and Animal Husbandry Fair.

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