Fruit Garden project: modern irrigation system in Hagimus, Causeni rayon
Timofei Novac has dedicated four decades to agriculture. With hard work and investment, he managed to create and expand his own peasant farm in Hagimus, with vines, plums, peaches and apricots. Recently, with the support of the European Union through the European Investment Bank, the farmer has accessed money to irrigate the orchards. The harvest is expected to match the investment.
“From the beginning we have been dealing with vines, technical varieties. Then the grape-processing companies switched to their plantations and we also had to grub up and plant table grapes. During this period, we grubbed up many orchards, renovated them, bought more land and reached 35 ha. I think that’s where we stop,” noted Timofei Novac.
The annual harvest is exported. In order to be competitive and meet the demand on the foreign market, the farmer decided to invest in an irrigation system. He saw his plan come to fruition thanks to the Livada Moldovei project, with the support of the European Union through the European Investment Bank.
From his farming experience, Timofei Novac estimates that he annually collects up to 10 tons of table grapes. With irrigation, the harvest should increase to 15 tonnes. The farmer continues to invest in the quality and quantity of the grown fruits. He relies on farmer support projects, but on the family support too.
“Farming is a risky process. But our family survives because of farming. Elsewhere we don’t work. The wife is an agronomist by profession, the children economists, engineers, but we all got involved and work with the hoe,” said the producer.
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