Bulgarian growers threaten protests

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Bulgarian growers threaten protests

Producers suggest the agriculture ministry has unfairly distributed funds between the fresh produce and livestock sectors

Bulgarian growers threaten protests

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Bulgarian fresh fruit and vegetable producers could be set to protest over a perceived imbalance in funding distributed between the country's fresh produce and livestock industries.

According to novinite.com, growers feel the agriculture ministry has unfairly allocated BGN119m of funding, up to the year 2020, between the sectors.

Krasimir Kyuchukov of the Bulgarian Greenhouse Growers Association told the site that the industry was looking for an explanation over the methodology used to allocate the funds, with over BGN80m allotted to the farming livestock industry and just BGN37m going to fruit and vegetable growers.

This despite National Statistical Institute data showing that Fruit and vegetable consumption currently stands at 69 per cent of the two industry's income, while livestock farming accounts for 31 per cent.

Kyuchukov claimed that livestock farmers had been given more money because they organised eye-catching protests while fresh producers growers 'suffered injustice in silence', and warned that Bulgaria would have no fruit and vegetable production in 3-4 years' time unless greater help was offered to growers.

Krasimir Kyuchukov, Chair of the Bulgarian Greenhouse Growers' Association (BGGA) - See more at: http://www.novinite.com/articles/165797/Bulgarian+Fruit,+Vegetable+Producers+to+Stage+Protests+over+Distribution+of+Financial+Aid#sthash.clESuDP0.dpuf
Krasimir Kyuchukov, Chair of the Bulgarian Greenhouse Growers' Association (BGGA) - See more at: http://www.novinite.com/articles/165797/Bulgarian+Fruit,+Vegetable+Producers+to+Stage+Protests+over+Distribution+of+Financial+Aid#sthash.clESuDP0.dpuf
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