The Moldovan Agency for Payments and Intervention in Agriculture (AIPA) of the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Industry has earmarked 27 million lei since early 2012, for the modernization of cattle farms and acquisition of bloodstock. The sum is by 30% bigger than the one allotted last year.
AIPA Director Nicolai Ciubuc said that “16 million lei was earmarked for the modernization and re-equipment of cattle farms, whereas 10 million lei – for purchasing pedigreed cattle.”
“The interest of economic agents in investments in the cattle-breeding field increased, due to the higher subventions allotted this year. Thus, in 2011, the AIPA covered only 40% of the equipment costs. This year, the subventions’ threshold grew up to 50%,” said Ciubuc.
At the same time, the threshold of 150 thousand lei earmarked to farmers for purchasing cattle for breeding, was removed in 2012. At present, the subventions’ sum is calculated in the form of a fixed amount per unit of weight.
“This year, the most significant subventions were allotted to the enterprise Strapit SRL, in the village of Niscani, Calarasi raion, which asked for support for the modernization and acquisition of specialized equipment for milking, as well as for purchasing about 100 animals. Subventions were also allocated to the company Sanepic in Floresti district and to the companies Porcobello from Criuleni and Dumser from Straseni,” said the director.
According to him, the ministry is interested in the revival of the cattle-breeding field in Moldova. Thus, he did not rule out the fact that in the future, the subventions for modernization of cattle farms may be increased up to 60%.
There are several hundreds of cattle farms in Moldova, the majority of them dealing with the breeding of bovine cattle.