Several kilometers away from Vadim Balan’s farm, Vasile Dobrov grows his vines on an area of 15 ha. He has an experience of almost 16 years in agriculture, but it is just now, thanks to the financial assistance provided by Sweden and United Kingdom in the framework AdTrade Project, when he succeeded to fully restart his activity, after a long period of stagnation.
The call for grants offered to agricultural producers and processors from both banks of the Nistru river was a trigger for developing their business. “Thanks to the obtained financial support, we bought modern equipment for irrigating the vineyards, meaning that we are protected against droughts,” says Vasile. Droughts represent the biggest concern for farmers, as last year, due to drought, he had harvested only 100 tons of grapes, meaning half of the planned quantity.
The innovative system of irrigation and fertilizers which may be added during the drip irrigation process may contribute to developing further the business and increasing the quality of products offered to consumers, as the farmer focuses a lot on cropping ecological products.
“The quality of our product is our main priority. If buyers are pleased with our quality, they will come back for our products,” says Vasile Dobrov. When positive changes occurred in his vineyards, the farmer’s aspirations shifted as well: to increase the cropped areas, and thus to create more jobs and to increase export capacities.