Attendees

Over 300 large farmers from all Romanian regions and leaders in agriculture, Romanian and international speakers, partners and supporters.

Ing. Mihai Afiliu

Manager, AFILIU TRANS SRL, Buzău, +6000 ha

Guest Farmer RALF 2017

"I am very happy that on November 9, 2017 I had the honor to attend RALF 2017 - Romanian Agriculture Leadership Forum, which brought together over 300 large Romanian farmers from 38 counties, specialists, representatives of professional associations and companies profile, as well as journalists from the agricultural press. RALF becomes the annual meeting of the large Romanian farmers, a platform for communicating the recent achievements of Romanian agriculture, presented in an international context, along with good practices from the invited countries. At the same time, it is a special event, because it addresses a segment of the economy, which is in continuous expansion and development, with investments and refurbishments, with results and efficiency, which are able to cope with West European competition. The large Romanian farmers are alongside foreign guests to exchange ideas, to expose their agricultural experiences and to conclude new partnerships. I think the event is useful for all Romanian farmers, thanks to the exchange of experience with counterparts from other EU regions. "

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Cătălin Gagiu

Manager, Etinocereal SRL, Dolj, +2300 ha

Guest Farmer RALF 2017

”I am at the first RALF conference and the first with foreign farmers. The difference from other Romanian conferences, that are all the same, is clear. Such an event must be held annually. Other top farmers or agricultural organizations from countries with tradition should be brought in to present us their experience, why not, even from Brazil. For example, we have made a very good contact with KRIR Poland and hope to start a collaboration with the farmers there.”

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Adrian Tuhuț

Director, B&B Agro Holding, Galați +2600 ha

Guest Farmer RALF 2017

”The event was a good opportunity for me to reunite with fellow farmers, but also to establish new connections. We have proposed, following our participation in the RALF, to conduct an experiment based on what we have seen in one of the presentations. In conclusion: a successful event where I came with pleasure and from which I left with the satisfaction that I learned new things.”

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Ștefan Moraru

Executive Director, MORAR PAN COM SRL, Călărași, +1000 ha

Guest Farmer RALF 2017

”It was something special and we liked that besides the discussions on agriculture, the specialists who were invited shared their experiences in related fields, or on their farms. At the same time, you have given us the opportunity to reunite with fellow farmers and to share the experiences of this year.”

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Puiu Ilisei

Manager, PILIS SRL, Călărași, +1000 ha

Guest Farmer RALF 2017

”The event was very beneficial to me, because although I think we have modern equipment, you always find something new, you meet people with different experiences from different parts of the world. Such events have to be organized more often, even in different places in the country, and showed the farmers what you showed to me.”

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Cristian Leancă

Agricultural and Zootechnical Cooperative Dumitra, Bistrița-Năsăud, +1000

Guest Farmer RALF 2017

”I feel honored that I had the opportunity to attend the meeting of the elite of farmers and I express my gratitude for the invitation to the next meeting. As a young farmer, I was impressed by the presence of agricultural specialists who have "a say" in agriculture in Romania and abroad. The presence of foreign farmers who shared us from their way of working constituted an interesting exchange of experience”.

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Dr. Eng. Lucian Buzdugan

President, AGRICOST, Insula Mare a Brăilei, +55000 ha

Guest Farmer, RALF 2016

“It is the first time when an organization groups the large farmers in Romania. On their shoulders falls, in fact, the main source of agricultural production in Romania, the main source of export, the main source of the contribution of agriculture to Romania’s GDP.”

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Dr. Eng. Dimitrie Muscă

General Manager, Combinatul Agroindustrial Curtici, Arad, +7500 ha

Guest Farmer RALF 2016

“I am working in western Romania, where we are exploiting a surface of 7600 hectares in two industrial complexes, i.e. the one from Curtici and the one from Olari. We have integrated everything, from sowing crops in the field - wheat, corn, rapeseed, soybeans, to processed products from our stores, everything in closed circuit. On this segment, which is fairly long, nobody interferes with anything.”

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Gabriel Dumitrașcu

Project Manager, Agri Consortium, Caraș-Severin, +6000 ha

Guest Farmer RALF 2016

“I am glad that Agri Consortium has the opportunity to attend the premiere of this event in Romania. The reunion during the event of experts, local and foreign farmers, will help providing a better understanding of complementary and competitive European initiatives in agriculture, succeeding to create the conditions for a comfortable relation.”

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Arnaud Perrein

Manager, SOPEMA, Ialomița, + 4000 ha

Guest Farmer RALF 2016

"It’s beneficial for us farmers to be present where agriculture is brought to the forefront. Events for agriculture and where are present farmers across Europe are beneficial both for us who are directly involved in agriculture, but also for the public who must be familiar with the realities of this sector. At RALF 2016 will be present farmers and specialists from several European countries and we will have thus the opportunity to talk about successful projects but also about problems common to all European farmers."

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Eng. Gelu Scutaru

General Manager, Comcereal, Vrancea, + 4500 ha

Guest Farmer RALF 2016

“Thank you for the invitation to participate in RALF 2016. We believe that the event is very useful to Romanian farmers, especially thanks to the exchange of experience with our counterparts from other EU regions. Such kinds of meetings are always useful, because they allow us to make an honest comparison of our business’s performance with references from countries with a vaster experience. At the same time, we can also observe the existence of significant differences in the organization of production, in the size of farms, in the degree of integration of the production, as well as in the manner of association for marketing.”

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Eng. Vasile Lungu

Administrator, Agro Industrial Ceres, Iasi, +2000 ha

Guest Farmer RALF 2016

"Exchanges of experience are beneficial to the progress in any field of activity not only in agriculture. Thus we can identify similarities and differences, ways of working, having the possibility of transferring knowledge of good practice, being essential for the development."

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Tim Hassell

Farm Manager, Goodwood Farm, Marea Britanie, +1300 ha

Guest Farmer RALF 2016

”I must say I was very impressed with how the day went, how friendly and helpful everybody was and I got a sense of how proud everybody is of Romania. On a personal note this was the first time I had spoken to such a large group of people so thank you for the opportunity. The venue was top quality with excellent facilities, I could see how you arranged the speakers to give the young farmers of Romania an idea of how other farmers in Europe are building their farm business, and to give them an idea of the opportunities that are around. It showed there are different ways from single units with high levels of mechanisation, looking for the lowest cost of production, to farms such as Goodwood who look to produce quality products to sell directly to the consumer and the role social media can play in developing the business. Listening to your Romanian farmers it was fascinating to hear the scope of the potential for your agricultural sector and by listening to others can only help it move forward.”

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Eng. Alin Sicobean

President, Spicul Sălcud", Mureș, +1000 ha

Guest Farmer RALF 2016

“It is an interesting meeting with many farmers from Romania and abroad, who have much to offer based on their experiences, from whom we have much to learn, especially in terms of how they managed to go through a period with which we are confronted now.”

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Eng. Florin Zănoagă

General Manager, FirstFarms Agro East, Brăila, +3500 ha

Guest Farmer RALF 2016

“I welcome RALF International Agriculture Forum and I hope that it will continue for many more years. The organization of such a wide-scale meeting, dedicated to large farmers, to those who actually make agriculture efficient and support the country’s economy, is highly necessary. I welcome your initiative and I look forward to the following edition.”

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Eng. Marius Laurenţiu Ciucoş

General Manager, SA Înfrăţirea Carei, Satu Mare, + 2100 ha

Guest Farmer RALF 2016

“The event was very well organized, giving us the possibility to share our points of view before the representative farmers. The Polish farmer was the best prepared and the most honest. The PROAGRO and LAPAR leaders made very good points in terms of the drawbacks of Romanian agriculture. I think that, in the future, representatives of farms from other European countries, exploiting large surfaces, should also be invited.”

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90% from participants

Representative farmers from all regions of Romania

50% from farmers

1000 ha – 2000 ha

40% from farmers

+ 2000 ha

10% from guests

Speakers and Partners