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Took place the 3rd meeting of the Thematic Working Groups operating under the National Rural Network of Moldova

February 28th, 2019|

The third and last meeting of the three Thematic Working Groups (TWGs), which have been established and operate under the National Rural Network (NRN) of Moldova, took place on Thursday 28th of February 2019 at Summit Convention Center, Chisinau.

The 3 TWGs have been launched by the NRN Management Committee on its meeting if 2nd of November on the following specific themes:

  1. TWG1: Agriculture and Environment, with the topic for this year: “Irrigation and sustainable use of underground waters”;
  2. TWG2: Food processing, with the topic for this year: “Processing of small scale traditional agrofood products”;
  3. TWG3: Rural Development with the topic for this year: “Rural tourism – challenges and perspectives”;

The aim of the meeting was to formulate and agree on the final conclusions and recommendations for the Final Reports on the three subjects under examination. The 3 TWGs are intended to organise an open public Conference in Chisinau next April, where they will present their conclusions and recommendations of their work to the relevant Ministry officials, governmental bodies and public competent organisations and ask their voice to be heard.

The creation of the National Rural Network is a collaborative action between two projects both financed by the European Union Delegation in Moldova: “Technical Assistance for the implementation of the Sector Reform Contract: European Neighborhood Programme to Agriculture and Rural Development (ENPARD) and “Facilitating active engagement of the civil society actors in the agro-rural policy dialog”.

The beneficiary of the projects is the Ministry of Agriculture, Regional Development and Environment (MARDE) and the National Rural Network of Moldova respectively.

Additional information on the event can be obtained from the ENPARD Technical Assistance Project (Ms. Tatiana Plosnita – plosnita@agrotec-spa.net, +373 69178484).

National LEADER Network with the support of ENPARD organised a workshop on “Designing and Developing Touristic Routes in LAG territories”

February 14th, 2019|

The recently established National LEADER Network in cooperation with the “Invest in Moldova Agency”, “Solidarity Fund PL” and with the support of MADRE and the EU funded “Technical Assistance to ENPARD” project, organised on 14 February 2019, at the premises of the Invest in Moldova Agency, a workshop on “Designing and Developing Touristic Routes in LAG territories”. The workshop gathered 45 representatives from more than 20 LAGs all over the Republic of Moldova that are interested in developing rural tourism in their territories as part of their Local Development Strategies using the LEADER approach.

During the morning session, participants were informed about the legislative framework, methodological norms for setting up, approval and registration of touristic routes and the objectives and priorities of the National Tourism Strategy. This informative session culminated with a series of presentations of experts on tourism who shared their knowledge, experience and useful tips.

Ms. Rodica Verbeniuc, Executive Director of Agency of Investment in Moldova presented to the participants the marketing plan for promoting “Tourism in Moldova” and the actions undertaken towards this direction.

Ms. Marina Albu, President of the National LEADER Network emphasised that: “LAGs, acting as a local development tool, can play a crucial role in promoting rural tourism in the country. They can fill the gap and provide tourists with a comprehensive touristic product at the local level by giving them the opportunity to discover local amenities, enjoy recreational activities, taste local traditional products, get familiarised with the natural and cultural heritage of the rural areas and meet with authentic rural people.

In the afternoon session six LAGs: Bugeac Kilim, Eco Bugeac, Lunca Prutului de Jos, Serpentina Nistrului, Dolina Rodnikov and Eco Duz Ialpugel worked closely with the tourism experts on designing four touristic routes in their territories using specific design techniques and tools. These routes will be improved later, tested and presented in the field visits, which have been scheduled for the second day of the EU-Moldova International LEADER Conference planned for early April this year.

“This workshop gave me the opportunity to discover the LEADER approach and to meet dedicated people. It is impressive how many unknown places we have in Moldova, and LAGs representatives can help our organisation – Guides of Moldova, to discover new touristic routes and to present them to tourists” said Ms. Nina Belei, President of the Association of Guides, Lecturers and Translators of the Republic of Moldova.

“These was a very useful exercise! Experts helped us to understand better what are the expectations of the people that are willing to visit our localities. Also, how we should be prepared and how to provide them with good quality services” mentioned Ms. Valentina Carastan, president of LAG Lunca Prutului de Jos.

Contact person: Cristina Gonta, gonta@agrotec-spa.net, +373 79875435.

MARDE staff participated in high level training

January 25th, 2019|

The ENPARD Technical Assistance project organized a two-day training session on Policy/project cycle management (PCM) on the 24 and 25 January, in the Jolly Alon Hotel, for staff of selected Divisions within Ministry of Agriculture, Regional development and Environment (MARDE).

This training on Policy/project cycle management (PCM) was about developing more effective, efficient and transparent public policy processes and included such subjects as analyzing problems, drafting policy responses and communicating with key stakeholders. PCM ensures programmes that arise from policies are effective and sustainable, and that monitoring, and evaluation of their impact facilitates evidenced-based decision making in the future.

PCM encompasses concepts, processes and tools that drive the design, implementation and monitoring of projects. It can generate substantial transformational outcomes by achieving project objectives. These outcomes are evidenced when proposals and policies translate to concrete realities that improve the well-being of society, respond to national priorities, and achieve the results on schedule, while making the most effective use of available resources and capacity.

The training was delivered by Ms. Liliana Lucaciu from Romania.

Additional information on the event can be obtained from the ENPARD Technical Assistance Project (Ms. Tatiana Plosnita – plosnita@agrotec-spa.net, +373 69178484).

Took place the 2nd meeting of the Thematic Working Groups operating under the National Rural Network of Moldova

January 24th, 2019|

The 2nd meeting of the three (3) Thematic Working Groups (TWGs), which have been established and operate under the National Rural Network (NRN) of Moldova, took place on Thursday 24th of January 2019 at Summit Convention Center, Chisinau.

The 3 TWGs have been launched by the NRN Management Committee on its meeting if 2nd of November on the following specific themes:

  1. TWG1: Agriculture and Environment, with the topic for this year: “Irrigation and sustainable use of underground waters”;
  2. TWG2: Food processing, with the topic for this year: “Processing of small scale traditional agrofood products”;
  3. TWG3: Rural Development with the topic for this year: “Rural tourism – challenges and perspectives”.

Despite the bad weather conditions prevailed, which prevented many of the members to travel from their region to Chisinau the meetings were proved fruitful. During this second meeting in the form of a Workshop, the participants/members were reviewed the progress that has been made so far in building their Policy Papers on the three specific topics. They were reviewed the state of play in the 3 sectors, they assessed the legislative framework ruling the sectors and discussed problems and obstacles that prevent the sectors from being developed. Finally, they agreed to meet again next month on February 28th to overview the final draft reports and make final remarks.

The 3 TWGs are intended to organise an open public Conference in Chisinau next March, where they will present their conclusions and recommendations of their work to the relevant Ministry officials, governmental bodies and public competent organisations and ask their voice to be heard.

The creation of the National Rural Network is a collaborative action between two projects both financed by the European Union Delegation in Moldova: “Technical Assistance for the implementation of the Sector Reform Contract: European Neighborhood Programme to Agriculture and Rural Development (ENPARD) and “Facilitating active engagement of the civil society actors in the agro-rural policy dialog”.

The beneficiary of both projects is the Ministry of Agriculture, Regional Development and Environment (MARDE).

Additional information on the event can be obtained from the ENPARD Technical Assistance Project (Ms. Tatiana Plosnita – plosnita@agrotec-spa.net, +373 69178484).

 

MARDE, with the support of TA ENPARD, initiated and carried out a consultation regarding the draft project of the “National Program for the Development of the Milk Sector in the Republic of Moldova, 2019-2025”

January 22nd, 2019|

MARDE, with the support of TA ENPARD, initiated and carried out on 22.01.2019, consultation regarding the draft project of the “National Program for the Development of the Milk Sector in the Republic of Moldova, 2019-2025”.

The Secretary of State, responsible for animal origin products, Mr. Veaceslav Cernat, together with Ms. Tatiana Nistorica, Head Directorate from MARDE, organized a working session with the participation of civil society, business, scientific environment and associations to discuss the draft of “National Program for Development of the Milk Sector in the Republic of Moldova, 2019- 2025”.

During the discussions, Mr. Veaceslav Cernat spoke about the social and economic importance of the dairy sector, in first place, and also about the fact that this sector is a source of food of superior biological value. In this context, it is a priority to stimulate investment in the dairy farms, which will allow the use of modern technologies in farms, nutrition and animal husbandry, and will significantly increase their productivity and obtain competitive products both for the domestic market and for export.

Those present agreed that the new policy paper presented by Ms. Tatiana Nistorica reflects a detailed analysis of the situation in the milk production and processing sectors as well as the current trends in latest years. The objectives and actions proposed for consultation will ensure a sustainable and durable development of the milk sector in the Republic of Moldova, creating the premises for export, including on the European Union market.

Additional information on the event can be obtained from the ENPARD Technical Assistance Project (Ms. Tatiana Plosnita – plosnita@agrotec-spa.net, +373 69178484).

National LEADER Network – with the support of EU ENPARD programme – organised regional working meetings to assess the needs of Moldovan Local Action Groups

January 21st, 2019|

In the context of promoting LEADER approach in the Republic of Moldova, thee newly established National LEADER Network in cooperation with the Ministry of Agriculture Regional Development and Environment and with the support of the EU financed “Technical Assistance to ENPARD Programme” project, organised during January a series of regional Workshops with the Local Action Groups to share experience and to assess their needs.

The meetings were held in Balti on January 16th, Cahul on January 17th and Comrat on January 21st. All together, the meetings gathered more than 80 participants representing 20 Local Action Groups. The main purpose of the meetings was to exchange experience between LAGs from different regions and to identify their needs and expectations towards the National LEADER Network.

The LAGs performed a self-assessment on their institutional development, and functioning including: LAG management, Local Development Strategy and office structure as well as LAG visibility and PR. Based on the results of the self-assessment the National LEADER Network will develop a LAG Need Assessment evaluation report and based on the conclusions will suggest an Activity Plan for 2019, that will be presented and approved the Network management Board which already planned for later this month.

“LEADER is a great chance for development of rural Moldova. We saw how effective this instrument might be in 2018 when it was piloted. That is why as a LEADER Network we want to support Moldovan LAGs in their institutional development and provide them with all necessary assistance to make them workable for economic growth at their territories”, said Marina Albu, President of the LEADER Network.

Within the workshop the rural development expert working with the Technical Assistance for the implementation of the EU ENPARD (European Neighbourhood Programme to Agriculture and Rural Development), presented also the three new rural development measures approved in November 2018 by the Parliament. The measures aim at improving quality of life in rural areas including: (i) improvement and development of rural public infrastructure, (ii) village renewal and development and (iii) diversification of rural economy by non-agricultural activities.

LEADER (a French acronym Links Between Actions for Development of the Rural Economy) is an EU mechanism to support locally-driven rural development interventions through inclusive partnerships that recognise local resources and potential. Those partnerships are so called Local Action Group (LAGs) formed by local partners representatives of public, civic and business sector. Currently in Moldova exists approx. 30 LAGs / LADER-like initiatives. In 2016-2018 the EU supported creation of 8 pilot LAGs in Gagauzia and Taraclia within EU-SARD Programme. National LEADER Network was established by Moldovan LAGs and organisations that promote LEADER approach in Moldova in December 2018.

Additional information on the event can be obtained from the ENPARD Technical Assistance Project (Ms. Tatiana Plosnita – plosnita@agrotec-spa.net, +373 69178484).

Agricultural Cooperative Board Members improve their management skills

December 7th, 2018|

Cooperatives have become a social economic necessity, providing small-scale farmers a viable alternative to become competitive with large scale economic agents and increase bargaining power relative to suppliers of materials and agricultural markets.

Within this context, a management skills training for board members of five cooperative was organised by the National Farmers Federation of Moldova (NFFMD), the Ministry of Agriculture, Regional Development and Environment (MARDE) and the EU-funded Project “Technical Assistance for the Implementation of the Sector Reform Contract: European Neighbourhood Programme for Agriculture and Rural Development (ENPARD)”.

The training was delivered over two days in the period 6 – 7 December 2018 in Chisinau and the purpose of this training was to build and strengthen the capacity of staff from five Cooperative enterprises. These entrepreneurial type cooperatives enterprises were established with the support of the NFFM.

The training was provided by a Legal Expert on Cooperative activity and a Cooperative Business Planning Expert and covered a range of topics, including the local legal framework, organizational principles, Internal regulations and membership rights & obligations in the context of Entrepreneurial Cooperative (EC) activity.

Participants from outside of Chisinau, stayed overnight in the Labour Institute which further facilitated the exchange of experience and ideas among the Board members.

Additional information on the event can be obtained from the ENPARD Technical Assistance Project (Ms. Tatiana Plosnita – plosnita@agrotec-spa.net  or telephone number +373 69178484).

Took place the 1st meeting of the Thematic Working Groups Operating under the National Rural Network of Moldova

December 6th, 2018|

The 1st meeting of the three Thematic Working Groups (TWGs), which have been established and operate under the National Rural Network (NRN) of Moldova, took place on Thursday 6th of December at Jazz Hotel, Chisinau.

The 3 TWGs have been launched at the NRN Management Committee meeting on 2nd of November on the following specific themes:

  1. TWG1:  Agriculture and Environment, with the topic for this year: “Irrigation and sustainable use of underground waters”;
  2. TWG2: Food processing, with the topic for this year: “Processing of small scale traditional agrofood products”;
  3. TWG3: Rural Development with the topic for  this year: “Rural tourism – challenges and perspectives”.

During this first monthly meeting in the form of a Workshop, the participants/members approved the Mandate for each group by analysing the topics, identifying the critical issues and main problems linked with them, discussing and exchanging experiences and decided the work method. The Thematic Working Group is led and moderated by an expert recruited by the TA to ENPARD project. The moderator is also responsible to elaborate the final report in the form of a policy paper, which will include suggestions and recommendations for public administration and government bodies, in those 3 key areas for the development of agriculture and rural development in Moldova. All the three Reports of the TWGs will be publicly presented in a special Conference scheduled to take place in March 2019.

The creation of the National Rural Network is a collaborative action between two projects both financed by the European Union Delegation in Moldova: “Technical Assistance for the implementation of the Sector Reform Contract: European Neighborhood Programme to Agriculture and Rural Development (ENPARD)” and “Facilitating active engagement of the civil society actors in the agro-rural policy dialog”.

The beneficiary of both projects is the Ministry of Agriculture, Regional Development and Environment (MARDE).

Additional information on the event can be obtained from the ENPARD Technical Assistance Project (Ms. Tatiana Plosnita – plosnita@agrotec-spa.net, +373 69178484).

Establishment of the Thematic Working Groups of the National Rural Network of Moldova

November 9th, 2018|

On Friday 9th November 2018, the “Technical Assistance for the implementation of the Sector Reform Contract: European Neighborhood Programme to Agriculture and Rural Development (ENPARD)” project in colaboration with the National Rural Network of Moldova (NRN), organised a workshop on the “Establishment of the Thematic Working Groups (TWGs) of the National Rural Network (NRN) of Moldova” in the Jazz Hotel, Chisinau.

The Workshop was organized with the objective of launching the following three permanent Thematic Working Groups (TWGs) of the NRN:

  1. TWG 1. Agriculture and Environment, with the specific topic for this year: “Irrigation and sustainable use of underground waters”;
  2. TWG 2. Food processing, with the specific topic for this year: “On farm processing of small scale traditional agrofood products”;
  3. TWG 3. Rural Development with the specific topic for  this year: “Rural Tourism – challenges and perspectives for new job opportunities in rural areas”.

In each of the workshop, participants discussed and approved their Thematic Group Mandate by analysing the topics, identifying the critical issues and main problems linked with above specific topics, exchanged experiences and finally elaborated their Work Plans for the next trhree months. In order to support the TWGs, the TA to ENPARD project will recruit three experts, who will lead the work of the TWGs and be responsible for the elaboration of the final reports. All the 3 Reports will be presented in a special Conference scheduled to take place in March 2019.

The newly established National Rural Network of Moldova (29th June 2018) unites  civil organizations and public administrations involved in agriculture and rural development field under an “institutional umbrella”.  It aims at facilitating and strengthening participation in policy dialogue within the national agro-rural context, increasing the participation of civil society in the implementation and monitoring of the National Strategy for Agricultural and Rural Development (NARDS) and strengthening Network members’ competencies to influence and monitor public policies by promoting fair policies for competitive and innovative agriculture.

The creation of the National Rural Network is a collaborative initiative between the projects: a) “Technical Assistance for the implementation of the Sector Reform Contract: European Neighborhood Programme to Agriculture and Rural Development (ENPARD) and b) “Facilitating active engagement of the civil society actors in the agro-rural policy dialog”. Both projects are financed by the European Union Delegation in Moldova. The beneficiary of both projects is the Ministry of Agriculture, Regional Development and Environment (MARDE).

2nd Meeting of the Management Committee of the National Rural Network of Moldova

November 2nd, 2018|

The 2nd meeting of the management Committee of the National Rural Network of Moldova took place last Friday on 2nd of November. The Members reviewed the Action Plan of the Network and decided to launch 3 Thematic Working Groups on specific issues related to the development of Agriculture and rural development.

The newly established National Rural Network of Moldova (29th June 2018) has started already its activities. In its Constitutional Assembly last June, 103 members from all over the country signed a Protocol of Agreement of the Network, where they expressed their commitment to work together in order to improve the quality of agro-rural development policies and their implementation by involving stakeholders in the formulation and implementation of that policy.

In that regard the Rural Network unites the organizations and administrations involved in agriculture and rural development field under an “institutional umbrella” aiming in facilitating and strengthening participation in policy dialogue within the national agro-rural context. The Network is focusing in several activities, namely: increasing the participation of civil society in the implementation and monitoring of the National Strategy for Agricultural and Rural Development; ensuring communication between stakeholders; strengthening Network members’ competencies to influence and monitor public policies; promoting fair policies for competitive and innovative agriculture; promoting the LEADER approach in the development of rural communities.

While at the 1st meeting among the members were elected the Management Committee members, at the 2nd meeting which took place on Friday, November 2 and hosted by FARM Association the preliminary Activity Plan of the Rural Network was discussed. Particularly Mrs. Aurelia Bondari, President of the Network and Mr. Panagiotis Patras, rural development expert in the TA project for ENPARD, presented to the members a draft Action Plan with activities of the Network for the first 2 years of its operation.

Within that Action Plan and following the discussions three Thematic Working Groups (TWGs) in the fields of Agriculture and Environment, of Rural Development and of Food Processing have been established. The TWGs will work in particular on policy improvements and they will be assisted by international experts in the field recruited by the TA to ENPARD project. The Management Committee decided to launch the three TWGs for this year in the following specific themes:

  1. Agriculture and Environment, with the topic: “Irrigation and sustainable use of underground waters”;
  2. Food processing, with the topic: “Processing of small scale traditional agrofood products”;
  3. Rural Development with the topic: “Diversification of rural economy-new job opportunities in rural areas”.

The first working sessions of the TWGs will take place next Friday on November 9th in Jazz Hotel.

The creation of the National Rural Network is a collaborative action between the projects: a) “Technical Assistance for the implementation of the Sector Reform Contract: European Neighborhood Programme to Agriculture and Rural Development (ENPARD) and b) “Facilitating active engagement of the civil society actors in the agro-rural policy dialog”, both financed by the European Union Delegation to the Republic of Moldova. The beneficiary of both projects is the Ministry of Agriculture, Regional Development and Environment (MARDE).

Training on HACCP certification for milk producers, delivered by Technical Assistance project for ENPARD Programme

October 31st, 2018|

On 30 October 2018, the Technical Assistance project for ENPARD Programme, jointly with the Ministry of Agriculture, Regional Development and Environment (MARDE) and the Association of Farmers – Milk Producers, organised a training session for the milk producers from the north of Moldova. The junior expert under the TA project, Dr. Sorin Tolea, informed the participants about the HACCP principles and standards applicable at the farm level. He described the certification process and exposed the certification requirements. Additionally, he listed all the components that constitute an HACCP plan for a milk farm. The Head of Division for livestock policies from MARDE, Mrs. Tatiana Nistorica, explained the current state-of-play in the Moldovan livestock sector and invited the participants to discuss about the National Programme for milk sector development. The farmers raised questions and issued proposals. The series of training sessions on HACCP certification and consultations on the margin of National Program for milk sector development will continue in other parts of the country.

Technical Assistance project for ENPARD Programme takes part in Moldagrotech/FARMER 2018 exhibition

October 18th, 2018|

During 17-20 October 2018, the ”Technical Assistance project for the implementation of the Sector Reform Contract: ENPARD Programme” is taking part in Moldagrotech/FARMER 2018 exhibition, alongside with the Ministry of Agriculture, Regional Development and Environment.

 

ENPARD project helps Moldova to prepare for the achievement of more sustainable use of pesticides

October 17th, 2018|

In the framework of EU funded Technical Assistance ENPARD project implementation, two missions of senior short-term expert from Lithuania were delivered to aid the Ministry of Agriculture, Regional Development and Environment of the Republic of Moldova (MARDE) – Department of Plant Protection Policies and Food Safety of Plant Origin Products to develop a Draft Regulatory Act (Government decision) which is compatible with EU requirements of Directive 2009/128/EC to achieve the sustainable use of pesticides. This EU Directive establishes a framework to achieve a sustainable use of pesticides by reducing the risks and impacts of pesticide use on human health and the environment and promoting the use of integrated pest management and of alternative approaches or techniques such as non-chemical alternatives to pesticides. It include main articles/requirements on: National Action Plans; Training; Requirements for sales of pesticides; Information and awareness-raising; Inspection of equipment in use; Aerial spraying; Information to the public; Specific measures to protect the aquatic environment and drinking water; Reduction of pesticide use or risks in specific areas; Handling and storage of pesticides and treatment of their packaging and remnants; Integrated pest management; Indicators; Reporting and Penalties.

Activities implemented during this assistance activity period included:

  • Requirements and provisions set in the Directive 2009/128/EC to achieve the sustainable use of pesticides were explained to staff of the Department of Plant Protection Policies and Food Safety of Plant Origin Products of MARDE with regard of transposition to Moldova legal acts.
  • A one-day seminar was delivered to representatives of the Ministry of Agriculture, Regional Development and Environment (MARDE) and the National Food Safety Agency (ANSA) on the requirements of the Directive 2009/128/EC relating to the sustainable use of pesticides.
  • An additional one-day workshop was dedicated to present and discuss the prepared Draft Regulatory Act with representatives of MARDE and other concerned institutions and bodies of the Republic of Moldova who will be involved in the implementation of activities to the transposed Directive 2009/128/EC.
  • A version of Draft Regulatory Act (Government decision) which is compatible with EU requirements of Directive 2009/128/EC was finalized.

Eastern Partnership Conference took place in Chisinau

October 12th, 2018|

On 4 – 5 of October 2018 within the Eastern Partnership, the meeting of the Panel on “Structural Reforms, Financial sector architecture, Agriculture and SMEs” “Diversification of economic activities in rural areas” took place in Chisinau, Republic of Moldova.

The Panel focused on EU rural development policy to diversify economic activities in rural areas (shift from agricultural to non-agricultural employment); how to empower local communities and explored the financial instruments and challenges in Eastern Partnership related to rural development. The conference consisted of three sessions – establishing an enabling environment, financial mechanisms and encouraging entrepreneurship and supporting business development in rural areas.

Practical cases and successful experiences in the field of local development were presented during the sessions and a field trip was organized in the central region of the Republic of Moldova by the Ministry of Agriculture, Regional Development and Environment (MARDE).

The event hosted speakers from the EU Commission, the EU Delegation and country representatives from EaP, OECD, FAO and EU member countries institutions.

The above meeting was organized in partnership with the Ministry of Agriculture, Regional Development and Environment, financed by DG NEAR, within the framework of the ENI East Instrument and supported also by EU project ENPARD Technical Assistance.

For additional information and clarifications on the content of the event, please contact: Mrs. Malgorzata SLIWINSKA-KLENNER, malgorzata.sliwinska@ec.europa.eu.

All presentations shown at the event can be found at the following link: https://www.eap-events.eu/ehome/agripanel/agenda/

 

Study visit to Greece – Transfer of experience on programming and implementing interventions for improving conditions for living and working in rural areas

September 18th, 2018|

The Ministry of Agriculture, Regional Development and Environment with the support of the EU-funded Project “Technical Assistance for the Implementation of the Sector Reform Contract: European Neighbourhood Programme for Agriculture and Rural Development (ENPARD)”, organized a study visit in Greece with the aim to transfer experience on programming and implementing interventions for “Improving conditions for living and working in rural areas”

A Moldovan delegation comprising from 13 people coming form MARDE, AIPA, CALM, Farmers associations and proLAGs was attending the study visit in Greece which took place from 3rd to 7th of September.

The study visit was organized within the framework of the programming of MARDE to implement the following new Measures for Rural Development with the objective of “Improving conditions for living and working in rural areas”:

  • Improvement of rural public infrastructure;
  • Village renewal and development;
  • Diversification of rural economy by non-agricultural activities;
  • Implementation of Local Development Strategy under LEADER approach.

The 5-day study visit was organised in such a way so as to provide the Moldovan Delegation with the opportunity to acquire knowledge and experience of the programming work and the implementation procedures for those Measures in the Greek RDP. The study tour included visits in:

  1. the Managing Authority of the Greek Ministry of Rural Development and Food, where participants were informed about the organizational structure of the Managing Authority of Greece, its role and tasks, the Greek Rural Development Program 2014-2020, the procedures for the implementation of the 2014-2020 rural development Measures, the improvement of living and working conditions in rural areas (public and private interventions), the local LEADER/CLLD programs and the operation of the National Rural Network.
  2. two rural areas in south Greece where 2 Local Development Agencies (ACHAIA SA and PARNONAS SA), are implementing Measures under the Greek rural development programme for “Improving conditions for living and working in rural areas for more than 20 years under the LEADER approach. The participants were informed on LAG organization issues and the implementation of local development strategies and visited selected projects co-funded by LEADER as well.

In that respect the study visit gave the opportunity to involved programming and implementing bodies from Moldova (MARDE, AIPA, LAGs, farm assocoations) to:

  1. have a transfer of experience from a country which implements similar Measures for “Improving quality of life in rural areas” under the EU rural development policy framework;
  2. to familiarize the programming and implementing bodies of Moldova with the procedures and the mechanisms needed to implement the Measures in an effective way;
  3. to establish links and collaboration with programming and implementing bodies between the 2 countries;
  4. to allow MARDE and AIPA to meet LAGs from Greece and to exchange views and experiences related to the impementation of LEADER programme.

In the first day in the Greek Managing Authority the meeting was attended also by the Ambassador of the Republic of Moldova to Greece, Mr. Anatol Vangelli, who stressed the importance of such exchanges of experience and know-how that contribute to the creation of ties and cooperation on rural development issues between countries.

 

Moldovan specialists learn from the Dutch experience in agricultural extension and research

August 10th, 2018|

The EU-funded project “Technical Assistance for Implementation of Sector Reform Contract – ENPARD Moldova”, in partnership with the private consultancy company Delphy (former Dutch State Extension Service), organized a study tour to the Netherlands during the period 22-27 July 2018.

The participants were a group of extension and research specialists from Moldova: Ms. Alisa Parlog, State Secretary at MARDE, Ms. Magdalena Rusnac-Frasineanu, Head of Science, Education and Rural Extension Service at MARDE, Mr. Vasile Dogotari, Senior Consultant in the Legal Division at MARDE, Mr. Iurie Hurmuzachi, Deputy Director of Farmer’s Federation of Moldova and Mr. Iurie Melnic, PhD Associate Professor, First Vice-Rector of the State Agricultural University of Moldova.

The event was a follow-up action by the Technical Assistance Team in support of updating the Rural Extension Strategy for 2012-2022 and the related Action Plan for implementation.

In addition to meetings with partner-representatives, the agenda included visits to the Wageningen University, ZLTO (Regional Farmer Organisation from the province of Zealand) and to agricultural suppliers which provide advisory services for their clients, including: De Heus Company (animal feed producer), Rabobank (financial services in agri-food sector), CZAV (cooperative-supplier of plant protection products). The participants also attended consulting sessions to farmers in the field.

The main discussion topics were the Dutch experience in development of extension services, with a special focus on the stages and main obstacles encountered with the introduction of fees for advisory services, the framework for cooperation amongst extension entities, researchers and private companies from the sector and roles of farmer organisations and scientific and educational institutions in extension.

As result of the tour, the participants submitted a report with lessons learned, conclusions and recommendations for further update of the Rural Extension Strategy and related Action Plan and development of tendering procedures for extension services in Moldova.

The Technical Assistance Project aims to accompany the “ENPARD Moldova – Agriculture and Rural Development” Budget Support Sector Reform Contract (BS SRC) and to support capacity building and institutional strengthening of MARDE and its subordinated agencies, in order to promote policies and reforms and improve governance in agriculture and rural development.

For further information, please contact Mr. Malcolm Ross, Team Leader, at ross@agrotec-spa.net, www.enpardmoldova.md or Ms. Magdalena Rusnac-Frasineanu, Head of Science, Education and Rural Extension Service (MARDE) at magdalena.rusnac@madrm.gov.md, www.madrm.gov.md.

The Republic of Moldova will take over Romania’s experience in paying agricultural payments

April 27th, 2018|

The Agency for Intervention and Payment for Agriculture (AIPA) in Moldova and the Agency for Payments and Intervention for Agriculture (APIA) in Romania signed a bilateral cooperation agreement to develop the support system for applicants for financial support from non-reimbursable funds for agriculture and rural development. The interinstitutional cooperation document signed on 26 April, in Chisinau sets the interinstitutional cooperation procedure between APIA and AIPA through the implementation of an information exchange program in the field of financial assistance and institutional organization. Following the signing of the Agreement, the Minister of Agriculture, Regional Development and Environment, Liviu Volconovici, held talks with the managers of both institutions.

“I am sure that this collaboration will intensify activities related to young people’s entrepreneurial skills development based on the knowledge and optimal management of resources (financial, human, material, time, etc.). There will be facilities for young farmers in the Republic of Moldova to train them, exchange experience and good practices with the Romanian institutions and organizations “, said Minister of Agriculture, Regional Development and Environment, Liviu Volconovici.

According to the Agreement, APIA will provide assistance to AIPA in the process of establishing uniform policies and procedures in the field of stimulating investments in the agricultural sector, will contribute through the transfer of experience to the development and development of AIFA’s competencies for the establishment and development of clear forms and mechanisms and procedures efficient intervention in agriculture in the Republic of Moldova, as well as support the implementation and finalization of the internal management and control system in order to ensure efficient subsidy management within AIPA.

At the same time, APIA will support the development of the process of selection and recruitment of specialists through exchange of experience and procedures to ensure the achievement of the AIPA objectives.

Thus, the parties will deepen the collaboration in the field of staff training, both in the central and the territorial offices, by organizing the summer/winter schools organized in Romania and in the Republic of Moldova, with the possibility of attracting lecturers, APIA, as well as other institutions, both from Romania and from the EU member countries, for conferring for the benefit of AIPA experts or representatives of Moldovan farmers. The institutions will also jointly identify joint venture projects for farmers in Romania and the Republic of Moldova to develop mixed economic activity partnerships in agriculture, as well as take measures and intensify their joint activities to develop a project “Twinning of Farmers”, which will allow Moldovan farmers to visit successful farms in Romania, beneficiaries of non-reimbursable financing (with European funds), where they will be able to take over the good agricultural manipulation practices, ways and possibilities to promote production, identifying new markets, etc.

At the end of the talks, the AIPA and APIA representatives expressed their readiness to enhance and intensify their cooperation to develop joint projects.

Revision of National Agricultural and Rural Development Strategy for 2014-2020 (SNDAR) in validation session

March 20th, 2018|

The Ministry of Agriculture, Regional Development and Environment (MADRM), with the support of the EU-funded project “Technical Assistance for the Implementation of the Sectoral Reform Contract: European Neighborhood Program for Agriculture and Rural Development (ENPARD)”, revised the National Strategy for Agricultural and Rural Development for the years 2014-2020 (SNDAR)”.

To this end, the authorities organized a validation session on the “mid-term review” of the Strategy, where the strategy’s objectives, main conclusions and recommendations were discussed. The main objectives of the strategy were also specified, including: increasing the competitiveness of the agri-food sector, restructuring and modernizing the market, ensuring the sustainable management of natural resources in agriculture, and improving living standards in rural areas.

The aim was to assess the progress of the strategy’s implementation, the impact of the interventions so far, and the challenges.

During the meeting were discussed the main criteria underlying the review of the strategic document, the new changes to the Strategy for the period 2018-2020, established in line with the requirements of the European directives and the need to update the action plan.

At the same time, the authorities announced that the document would be subject to public consultations in order to know the opinion of the agricultural producers and food industry community, as well as to give other interested parties the opportunity to participate in debates, ask questions and comment on the new proposed changes.

The National Rural and Rural Development Strategy (SNDAR) for 2014-2020 is the legal framework that sets development priorities and objectives and supports the agricultural sector with the aim of improving living standards in rural areas.

 

Results of the ENPARD – Support for Agriculture and Rural Development Program for 2017

March 19th, 2018|

On March 16, 2018, the Supervisory Committee on the implementation of the ENPARD Moldova Program was held in Chisinau, where the current situation regarding the fulfillment of the general and specific conditions stipulated in the Financing Agreement concluded between the Government of the Republic of Moldova and the European Commission was discussed. One of the general conditions set out in the ENPARD Sectoral Reform Contract is to revise and update the National Rural and Rural Development Strategy (SNDAR) for the years 2014-2020.

The State Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture, Regional Development and Environment (MADRM), Iurie Usurelu, presented the annual report on the implementation of the SNDAR in 2017, a document currently undergoing mid-term review.

In this context, in March-April of this year, MADRM will hold public consultations on the updated version of the Strategy.

At the same time, in the context of the update of the SNDAR and the subsidy regulation, it was discussed the introduction of advance payments targeting women and young people in agriculture and the introduction of measures to diversify incomes in rural areas. Revision and update reports will be available for viewing on the MADRM site by the general public.

Furthermore, Iurie Usurelu presented the degree of fulfillment of the indicators of the ENPARD Moldova Program, where all indicators were mentioned, except for the irrigation indicator. At the same time, the AIPA report on the implementation of subsidy measures for 2017 was presented, as it was found that 100% of the value of the National Fund for Agriculture and Rural Development (FNDAMR) was used.

Officials from the Delegation of the European to the Republic of Moldova present at the meeting have shown the successful implementation of the ENPARD Program in 2017. They also specified the need to ensure synergy between the National Development Strategy Moldova 2030 and the National Development Strategy Agriculture and Rural Development for the years 2014-2020 (SNDAR).

At the same time, it was mentioned that, from next year, the European Union will provide financial support through other forms of programs that will be aimed at the development of the agricultural and rural sector. The ENPARD program in Moldova is on the last hundred meters and, throughout 2018, will continue as complementary support through technical assistance projects.

 

National environmental legislation is continually adapting to EU directives

December 14th, 2017|

National legislation on water and sanitation is in the process of updating and amending, in line with EU Directives. The Ministry of Agriculture, Regional Development and Environment benefits from the support of foreign experts in the framework of the project “Strengthening the institutional framework in the water and sanitation sector in the Republic of Moldova (Phase 01), financed by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation) and the Austrian Development Agency (ADA) by the end of 2019. The project supervision committee met today to present the main achievements in the project and set the objectives to be followed.

During the discussions, the operational plan for 2018, the project budget and the updated procurement plan were examined. It has also been specified that the project aims at improving institutional capacity for better management of the sector and streamlining investment in sustainable water and sanitation services. The overall aim of the project is to improve the health status of the Republic of Moldova population relative to water related diseases.

At the same time, the experts concluded that the institutions in the sector, including the key actors, are trying to organize and manage the water supply and sanitation sector more efficiently and are gradually improving their performance in the implementation of water supply and sanitation services and water resources, in a sustainable, efficient and equitable manner.

The project’s results include the Nistru River Basin District Management Plan, which was approved by the Government. The management plan for the Danube-Prut and Black Sea river basin district is also being discussed, to be approved by the Government in 2018.

A system for assessing the performance of the field will also be set up, where we can specify a set of indicators that are in line with the Sustainable Development Objectives, the Green Economy Strategy, the Water Supply and Sewerage Strategy for 2014-2028.

The budget for the first phase of the project is 4.9 million CHF, of which the co-financing is about 78% by the SDC and 22% by the ADA. The implementation period is 4 years.