Tuesday, November 4, 2014, at the Academy of Agricultural and Forestry Sciences "Gheorghe Ionescu-Şişeşti" (ASAS) was signed the Partnership Agreement between ASAS and RGIC. In a festive atmosphere, the agreement was signed by Mrs. Otilia Manta, President / CEO of RGIC and Mr. acad. Gheorghe Sin, President of ASAS. By this protocol aims to establish a close cooperation between RGIC with its partners and ASAS with his institutes and research stations, which will aim a rapid technology transfer to farms and create a business environment in agriculture, organized and efficient, for sustainable development of the Romanian rural area.
Such a direct and rapid technology transfer will ensure the premises for romanian agriculture transformation into a modern and competitive agriculture at the European Union requirements.
Both partners in this Protocol shall undertake to cooperate unreservedly, to support each other and make known to all decision makers and governmental and nongovernmental organizations, that under the looming global food crisis, education and research are the only forces that can provide solutions and consultancy service is the link between research and producers.
Referring to the signing of this protocol, ASAS President, acad. Gheorghe Sin said: "I want to welcome and also to appreciate the completion and signing of this protocol. In our opinion, this will substantially increase the efficiency of the current collaboration between RGIC and ASAS. I noticed the efforts both, of ASAS and RGIC colleagues who participated in the preparation and finalization of the agreed text. Our institutions have a tradition regarding joint collaboration with partners both Romanian and foreign, thereby harnessing RGIC expertise in this area. We put together bases of important collaborations with specialists from US (North Dakota State University, University Marylad, University of Michigan, etc.), Italy, the Netherlands (Wageningen University), Israel, Moldova, etc. On the publishing matter, ASAS participate by its members to support Agro Terra magazine activities, both within the scientific board of the journal and the specialized articles. There were major debates having as theme the role of small farms in agriculture, the possibility of adapting them to the challenges induced by climate change etc. Together we were able to contribute to strengthening relations with Moldova extremely close, including the recent meeting at ASAS with the Minister of Agriculture, Mr. Vasile BUMACOV. I am confident that together we will implement the ambitious goals of this Protocol, to whom I wish a long life in our common benefit. "
According to Mrs. Otilia Manta, RGIC President / CEO, "by signing of the cooperation protocol with ASAS, RGIC affirms, once again, the option for supporting the development of romanian agricultural sector according to international market requirements. This means not only modern and competitive agrotechnolgies but also the exploitation of the results of research and innovation, by applying them directly to ground, to support farmer, no metter we talk about the vegetable crop or livestock farms. To these must be added, of course, qualified staff, ready to meet market requirements. There are areas where it excels ASAS with special quality of its specialists and researchers, network of research institutes and university professors from departments. We need to see things in perspective and have an overview - and in doing so I just want to remember the great emphasis that is put on everything related research and innovation in the new structure of EU funds for the period 2014 - 2020 and also in the light of Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership - TTIP, a trade agreement that United States and European Union is negotiating this summer, perhaps the largest regional free trade agreement in history. In this way, the ASAS -RGIC partnership set a double frame: an institutional - that are here academia, business enviroment, both public and private, and another one - geography - by RGIC partners in the EU, Israel, United States, prestigious universities like North Dakota State University, Maryland University, University of Wageningen, business organizations and bodies as North Dakota Trade Office, research, training and management institutes as Galilee International management Institute (GIMI) "