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Development of non-agricultural activities on rural areas of Ungheni District

The Moldovan Ungheni region borders on Romania and has a population of 111,000, of which 75,600 live in rural areas. There are 13,000 farms in the region and about 100 agriculture related businesses. The average individual farm has an area of only 1.5 ha, while farms registered as companies have an average area of 200 ha, and cooperative farms – 340 ha. The owners of the smallest agricultural holdings are not able to support themselves purely from agriculture, which is why they also work in urban industrial plants.

With its rich natural and cultural resources, the Ungheni region has enormous potential for the development of rural tourism. Beautiful beech forests occupy ​​30,000 ha of the region and, in part, form the “Beech Country” National Park. The region has 32 folklore groups as well as many craftsmen engaged in sculpture, embroidery, needlework and ceramics. So far, these resources have been used only to a very limited extent. No tourism offering based on these has ever been prepared before.

The strategy paper for the socio-economic development of the Ungheni region for 2012-2020, approved by Resolution No. 1/5 of 23 February 2012 of the Regional Council, pays much attention to the development of the region’s tourism potential, primarily in rural areas. The strategy underscores the need to support enterprises wishing to operate in this field and the need to improve accessibility of the region’s natural resources through the development of the relevant infrastructure.

Development of non-agricultural activities on rural areas of Ungheni District

The project drew on the experience gained in 2015 upon the implementation of a project entitled “Building the potential of the agricultural farms of the Ungheni region through the introduction of additional income sources and formation of associations by and between village residents.” The present project was, in part, a continuation of the 2015 project. The inhabitants of the villages of the Ungheni region have already recognised their resources, appreciate their potential and understand that they are their chance for improving their quality of life based on the development of tourism. Early initiatives were established.

The project activities were planned with the aim of further developing non-agricultural activities in the aforementioned rural areas and helping those seeking to supplement their agricultural activity with tourism-related elements to achieve real additional income. The project provided for the promotion of rural tourism in the Ungheni region through the establishment of an information base (the Education and Information Centre in the “Beech Country” National Park), the introduction of new tourist attractions (the Museum of 20th Century Agricultural Technology), advertising activities (participation in tourism trade fairs), improving the organisation of mass events (training in Poland) as well as enabling direct outreach to buyers with home-made production (establishing a folk bazaar).

Development of non-agricultural activities on rural areas of Ungheni District

The following activities were implemented under the project:

  • establishment of a folk bazaar in Sculeni on 0.4 ha of communal land, near a border crossing, along with signage. 15 retail stands were built: eight in a large pavilion and seven in a small one. A country fair offers local farmers and craftsmen opportunities to sell their products directly;
  • establishment of the Museum of 20th Century Agricultural Technology in the village of Agronomovka, Ungheni region, with around 150 exhibits. The museum is a major tourist attraction and had contributed to an increase in the number of tourists visiting the Ungheni region;
  • a workshop entitled “How to use local resources in creating rural socio-cultural events and the tourism offering of a village” was held in Poland, in the Podlasie and Warmian-Masurian Voivodeships, 9-16 August (11 participants from Moldova, theoretical and practical sessions);
  • participation of a delegation from the Ungheni region in the “Expo Mazury” tourism fair in Warsaw, 19-20 October 2016;
  • preparation of a construction project, including the obtainment of a building permit: the building of the Education and Information Centre in the “Beech Country” National Park;
  • organisation of a round table meeting in the Ungheni region (7-10 November), which summarised the project. Participants: 45 people, representatives of local governments, non-governmental organisations, businesses, the “Beech Country” National Park, the Ministry of Tourism, the Chamber of Industry and Trade and the media.