The Romanian ministry of agriculture is seeking to have a flower, the tuberose, awarded European protection.
If successful, it will only be the third flower in Europe to receive the designation.
Producers of the flower in Hoghilag, in Romania’s Sibiu county, are to submit an evaluation document to the agriculture ministry in the hope it will lead to Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) status from the European Commission.
The flower growers, operating as the Centre of Excellence for the Promotion of the Hoghilag Commune Association, hopes to submit the documentation this week to coincide with the Tuberoses Festival in Hoghilag.
There are about 40 tuberose growers in Hoghilag, half of who grow the flower commercially and the remainder are hobby gardeners.
It is estimated that 200,000 tuberoses are grown in the region each year.
Only Belgium and Hungary have so far received the European Protected Geographical Indication quality label for flowers.
Meanwhile, the Danish agricultural investment company FirstFarms has signed a conditional sales agreement to sell its activities in northwest Romania for 104 million Danish crowns ($17 million).
“We made a good deal and realised 100 million Danish crowns free cash, which among other things will be invested in the further development of our ever increasing activities, both organic and acquisitive,” First-Farms CEO Anders H Norgaard
“At the same time, we gained valuable knowledge and experience, which will be used in the rest of our business.”
FirstFarms, a public limited com-pany, invests in agriculture and land in Eastern Europe.
The company purchases and mod-ernises farming companies in order to optimise their operations in terms of competitiveness of the price and quality of their produce.