Bulgaria seems to still have a hidden potential in the fruit and vegetable production, which might well be discovered by Dutch entrepreneurs. The dynamic webinar: Opportunities in the Bulgarian Horti Sector (organized by RVO and the Dutch Embassy) lifted the curtain to opportunities in the horticultural sector of Bulgaria.
Horticulture is important for Bulgaria and for the Netherlands and several Dutch companies are very successful here. But there is still room for more: innovations, automation and knowledge to help Bulgarian producers to satisfy growing domestic demand and to be more competitive on the export markets.
Bulgarian Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Georgi Sabev, said: “[The] Bulgarian fruit sector is very important for the agriculture as a traditional sub-sector. The country has extremely favorable conditions for the development of a relatively large number of fruit species. For the period 2007 - 2017, the total area with fruit species increased, due to the gradual growth of new plantations, which represents about 48% of the total area of harvested fruit species in the country."
"The total fruit production in 2018 is 228,501 tons - an increase of 3.9% compared to 2017. In 2020, the production of 202,579 tons registered a decrease of 13.6% compared to 2019 (234,589 tons). In 2019 and 2020, plums and cherry plums have the largest share with about 25%, followed by cherries with about 24% and apples with about 19%.”
The Bulgarian agricultural sector has the potential to produce affordable, safe and high quality products, but still lags behind the European average in some important indicators, such as factor productivity, security of tangible assets, digitalization of production structures.