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Aid for growers of traditional fruit and vegetables in Bulgaria

Staff writer |
Bulgarian growers will receive additional European subsidies if they decide to cultivate traditional Bulgarian fruit and vegetable varieties.

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Support for the Development Programme (RDP) 2014-2020 will start next year and will be applied between March 1 and May 15, as reported by the Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Vasil Grudev, who participated in the conference "Good food is strength."

"Support will specifically go to varieties that are subject to genetic erosion and which Bulgarian producers are abandoning for financial reasons. Their cultivation is more expensive, and retailers do not want them. But these are the varieties that we remember as delicious Bulgarian products of the past," explained Grudev.

He added that this aid will serve to partially offset the loss of income and ensure the economic stability of the producers opting to grow fruits and vegetables that are currently losing ground to new modern hybrids.

Growers who decide to grow traditional varieties may apply for aid amounting to a minimum of 223.95 €/ha, with 787.39 €/ha for perennial plants, 429.48 €/ha for vegetables and 536.86 €/ ha for aromatic and medicinal plants.

The list of endangered species included specific varieties of early and late apricots, cucumbers, tomatoes, cabbages or apples.


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