The Agency for Sustainable Development of Brasov County (ADDJB) was the organiser of an event focused on the local development of the North-Eastern part of Brasov County, at the end of April. This action is part of the National Program for Rural Development, the Leader Axis. A seminary called ?Local Development With and For Us? was organized at the Cultural Centre of Rupea town on this occasion. The agenda also included a visit to the Ethnographic Museum ?Gh. Cernea? from Rupea. Here the guests had the chance to admire the local museum collection, a monographic exhibition.
Identification of needs
?The event takes place within the context of implementation of the project . The project is financed by the National Program for Rural Development. The purpose of this meeting is to involve the participants into a debate on identification of needs and perspectives for the development of towns which are members of the Transylvanian Northern Brasov Association?, said Mr. Mihai Pascu, Director within the County Council of Brasov and Chairman of ADDJB, acting as Project Manager.
The participants to this seminary included representatives of the partners of this project, other local action groups, representatives of key players at the local and county level. ?The good practice models and the importance of the development strategy will be presented by consultants from the Spanish company IDEL, a highly experienced undertaker in rural development through the Leader Axis. At the end of the event participants were invited to dinner to enjoy the traditional cuisine specific to this area?, concluded Mr. Mihai Pascu.
Turning resources into account
The Northern part of Brasov County has a rural surface of 1102.8 square km and a rural population of 32,381 inhabitants, the only town included being Rupea. The concerned area includes the provinces of Apata, Augustin, Bunesti, Cata, Hoghiz, Homorod, Jibert, Maierua, Ormenis, Racos, Rupea, Ticus and Ungra. This region features a diversity of habitats, protected areas, rich natural heritage and offers the opportunity to turn resources to account.
The food exhibition revealed traditional food specific to the ethnic groups living in this region: Hungarian grilled sweet bread - Kurtos-kalacs, beans soup with pork barrel and dried prunes, dumplings made of fresh cow milk, pork stew, polenta with cow milk, stuffed lamb chops, traditional stuffed cabbage and vine rolls, other ecological products besides the traditional pickles, slivovitz and home made wine.