In the growing market for healthy food, Bulgaria is well placed to take advantage Over the past 10 years, the number of producers of organic products increased from 311 in 2008 to 6,660 at the end of 2018.
According to the Bulgarian Ministry of Agriculture, the amount of organically-fertilised land has increased six-fold in the last seven years. The cultivation of fresh organic vegetables such as artichokes, onions, carrots, lettuce, cauliflower and broccoli, watermelons, melons, strawberries and mushrooms is constantly growing (with the highest growth – 50 per cent – registered in 2016). Organically grown non-traditional crops, such as artichokes and kiwis (6.68 hectares), albeit in small areas, are an indicator of the efforts of organic producers to meet market demand and to diversify supply.
Areas of forage crops from arable land are also growing – as a result of the increased interest of companies in organic livestock production.
Aside from the facts and numbers, organic farming is a philosophy and a cause for many farmers. For them sustainable farming will lead to maintaining better health for the end consumer. Organic farming will also improve soil fertility, preserve natural resources – water, soil and air, and last but not least, help biodiversity and protect the bees that suffer tremendously from the wide use of harsh pesticides.