Press release


Donation of the Seed Drill and GMO and Mycotoxins scanning equipment to RIFC Selectia

26 February 2021

Thursday, 26 February 2021, 10:00 hrs.

RIFC “Selectia”, Bălți, 28 Calea Ieşilor str.

On 26 February 2021, Donau Soja Moldova will organize an equipment donation event at the Research Institute of Field Crops “Selectia” from Balti, one of its main Project partners on enhancing capacities for innovation and education in agriculture in Moldova.

The event is organised in the framework of the European Union funded project “Increasing the competitiveness of the agri-food sector through integration to domestic and global value chains, in particular in the soya sector” implemented by the Austrian Development Agency (ADA) in partnership with Donau Soja Austria and Moldovan NGO Pro Didactica.

Mrs. Magdalena Mueller-Uri, Head of Operations, EU Delegation to the Republic of Moldova, underlined that investing in the development of rural areas in the Republic of Moldova is a key priority for the European Union, in particular by providing opportunities to accelerate economic growth through support to the business, research and education sectors.

One of the main objectives of the project is to increase access to markets and expand the demand for certified and organic agri-food products on national and foreign markets and to cope with the market demands all involved value chain participants’ first need to be strengthened and then continuously supported. Regarding domestic utilization, opportunities exist in building integrated value chains for feed and livestock producers.

The project activity in the development of local value chain of certified soybean has revealed that the capacity of local research institutions and processing units to ensure the acceptable quality of the beans produced locally is very scarce. There is a stringent need to ensure that the raw materials used is of a quality good enough to result in soya cake of the quality and parameters needed and accepted by the local poultry and pork farms, who represent the largest share of the local soya cake consumption and has been ascending over the last years. 

The project has successfully worked with RIFC “Selectia” on the transfer of knowledge to farmers through jointly organised demonstration platforms and filed days that allowed farmers learn about the best available technologies in soya cultivation and identify the most productive soya varieties and inputs available on the market.

The equipment transferred will include a modern seeding machine ”D 62 – SE”, produced by Zuern Harvesting GmbH & Co KG., Germany and a set of rapid GMO and mycotoxins scanning equipment, produced by EnviroLogix Inc., USA and will contribute to strengthening the capacities of the Institute and ensure the good quality seeding process leading to better results on the demonstration platforms, empowering the local scientists and researchers to improve the quality of research and know-how transfer to soya producers.

The special guests of the event will include Magdalena Mueller-Uri, Head of Operations, EUDEL, Stella Avallone, Austrian Ambassador to Moldova, Gunther Zimmer, Counsellor & Head of Country Office, Austrian Development Agency, Mihail Machidon, Secretary of State of Agriculture, Regional Development and Environment, Viorel Gherciu, Project Manager, Representative of Donau Soja in Moldova, Boris Boincean – Director FCRI Selecția.

Mr. Mihail Machidon, State Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Regional Development and Environment, who attended the event, referred to the importance of modernizing the agricultural sector in Moldova and aligning it with European standards in order to facilitate the access of Moldovan producers to international markets. He mentioned that the recently developed National Action Plan for soya sector development in Moldova will contribute to increase the soya cultivation and processing in the Republic of Moldova. 

Stella Avallone, Austrian Ambassador to Republic of Moldova, mentioned that Austria and Moldova are closely connected by a vast scale of activities, in the field of economy, the security sector, education and culture. The development cooperation is focusing on labor-oriented and inclusive education, on environment, water and climate change, as well as on governance, rule of law and peace-building. Between 1997 and 2019 Austria’s` projects in these fields amounted to altogether around 58 mio. Euros and Austria remains committed to continue its support to Moldova for the next period.