The state could recover seven - million - lei subsidies paid to some farmers. According to representatives of the Agency for Interventions and Payments in Agriculture (AIPA), some farmers did not fulfill the contract conditions after they received the state finance.
These are over 20 farmers who planted 150 hectares of blueberry (coacăză) in 2013.
The farmers received state subsidies for growing blueberry, 50,000 lei per hectare in 2013. According to the contract, the deal had to take place for at least three years. Following a check, the AIPA representatives found that these conditions were not respected and the farmers explained that the plantations were dry due to the climate.
"None of them notified the AIPA about the actual situation and unsuccessful result", said AIPA director Ion Ciubuc.
AIPA representatives hauled farmers before the court to return state money. Now, the accounts of the businessmen concerned are blocked by the court decision.
Among those farmers is Clara Sava. In 2013, she invested two million lei in 30 hectares of blueberry near the Codru Nou village in Teleneşti district. Seedling begun to dry out and the woman only has 30 per cent of plantation.
"My whole family invested in this, we worked on this for five years but it did not have profits. We're staying in debts now," said farmer Clava Sava.
The issue has come to the attention of the Ministry of Agriculture. The specialists in the institution found out that from 200 hectares of blueberry (coacăză) planted in our country, 40 percent dried out in recent years. In order to find out the case, the ministry officials started an investigation and until then the subsidy for the currant was stopped.
"Maybe due to the climate changes, a virus was created and affected the plant", said the State Secretary within the Ministry of Agriculture, Regional Development and Environment, Iurie Uşurelu.
If it is true that the plantations dried out due to the climate, the state will no longer provide subsidies for this plantation. In 2017, four farmers submitted applications for subsidies for plantations of the same plant.