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Potato producers from northern Moldova take steps to attract Latvian investor

25.02.2016   1188 Views   ADR Nord

Farmers in Briceni district decided to create an association in order to attract an investor from Latvia that intends to build a potatoes processing plant in Corjeuti. Twenty potato producers from the district and representatives of the local authorities met to discuss possibilities of founding an association of potato producers in the Nord Development Region. The meeting was held at the initiative of the Regional Development Agency Nord with the support of the public association "Pro Cooperare Regionala" ("Pro Regional Cooperation"), IPN reports, quoting a press release of the Agency.

"We must identify the best solution so as to create an association that will include first of all potato producers from Briceni district. This is the first step towards the next objective - to open a potato processing plant that will offer new businesses development opportunities to local farmers", said the director of the Regional Development Agency Nord, Ion Bodrug.

In the meeting held in Corjeuţi, an initiative group was set up to found a regional association of potato producers. After the registration of the association, its members will pay a fact-finding visit to Latvia.

The idea of opening a potato processing plant in Corjeuti was discussed in a roundtable meeting staged within the third edition of the Days of the Nord Development Region that involved farmers from Corjeuti and their partners from the Latvian region Aloja. Then, representatives of the Latvian potato processing company "Aloja Starkelsen" spoke about the necessity of creating an association of potato producers ready to cooperate within a Moldovan-Latvian project to build a plant.

According to Latvian specialists, the foundation of an association of potato producers and the experimental growing of sorts of potatoes for making starch represent the first steps towards building the plant and putting it into operation.