Secretary of State for Agriculture and Rural Development (MADR) Sorin Moise on Friday attended the Agriculture Ministers' Conference on Friday on "Sustainable Land Use: Food Security Starts with the Soil" organized online by the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture of the Federal Republic of Germany, according to a press release issued by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MADR).
Organized with a plenary session and several workshops, the event is the world's largest conference of agriculture ministers, attended by about 70 agriculture ministers or delegates.
The event was also attended by high-level representatives from more than ten international organizations, such as the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the World Trade Organization and the World Bank.
During the workshops, ministers discussed soil health, degraded soil restoration, limited land resources and access to land, as well as property rights, Agerpres.ro informs.
Romania was assigned to the fourth workshop, along with Belgium, Colombia, El Salvador, Malta, Oman, Poland, Seychelles, Somalia, the International Fund for Agricultural Development and the World Food Programme.
During his speech, the Secretary of State for MADR explained that in Romania the legislative system allows the acquisition of agricultural land in the case of both individuals and legal entities.
Sorin Moise pointed out that the Romanian legislation in the field aims at ensuring food security, protecting national interests and exploiting natural resources, according to the national interest, merging agricultural lands in order to increase the size of agricultural farms, and establishing economically viable farms, discouraging speculation, ensuring agricultural activities in the medium and long term on the acquired land and the prevention of the fragmentation of the agricultural exploitations.
"With regard to ensuring access to land and property rights, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development shall make all necessary efforts to fulfill the purposes of the law applicable to the sale of agricultural land located outside the built-up area and to ensure compliance with the legal provisions in force, regarding the proportionality of the measures adopted according to the general interest, maintaining a distribution of the property rights on the plots of land to allow the development of viable agricultural holdings based on social and spatial planning considerations, taking into account the specific nature of the agricultural land," underscored the Secretary of State, as quoted in the press release.