Bulgaria Newsflash Week 45

What is the added value of Bulgarian forestry, agriculture and fisheries sector? Will be BG feed products banned from the Russian market? Tourism & diary sector: is this a working link in Bulgaria? Have you ever had a coffee in a biodegradable edible cup? Do the birds like to land in the Bulgarian farm lands? 
Bulgaria Newsflash Week 45 has the answers for you.


Birds on farmed land in decline

Birds on farmed land have declined by 25% in the past 17 years, writes Balgarski Fermer weekly. That transpired in a monitoring of traditional bird species in Bulgaria, carried out by the Bulgarian Society for Bird Protection as part of their national system for biodiversity monitoring. The monitoring helped assess the condition of the populations of 79 bird species and 19% of them were found to be in decline while 28% are growing. 18% of the species are in stable condition and the rest did not show a clear trend.

Over BGN 4 Bln in added value in Bulgarian forestry, agriculture and fisheries sector in 2020

In the first half of 2021, the net export of agricultural goods from Bulgaria are estimated at BGN 636.4 million, which is 31.8% more than this time last year. Deputy Agriculture Minister Georgi Subev hopes that this pace of growth will persist in the coming months to indicate gradual recovery of the economy from the blow of the pandemic.
“It is important that Bulgarian producers of agricultural products and foods continue to improve their competitiveness, using the opportunities of the measures under the Rural Development Programme and the fund for encouraging technological and environment transition of agriculture in the National  Recovery and Resilience Plan,” said the Deputy Minister.

Russia bans import of feed from Bulgaria due to poor control

Russia will punish the Bulgarian feed production sector with the most severe regulatory sanction: ban on import, after an audit established poor control,  reports Capital daily. The sanction, which is a first, will be temporary and will be reconsidered after Bulgaria addresses the established non-compliance and presents all necessary materials and documents. And while the decision is unlikely to hit hard the finances of the businesses in the sector as Russia is not a top destination for feed export, it may damage the trade reputation of Bulgaria. All the more so, the findings of the Russian authorities sound alarming, especially the claims for poor control over the import of GMO components, the monitoring of production at all stages and the certification of the goods for export. 

Tourism improves prospects for Bulgaria’s dairy sector

The growth of tourism in the past summer gives ground for optimism about the prospects of the dairy sector in Bulgaria in 2022, according to an analysis by the US Department of Agriculture. It says that the Bulgarian dairy industry developed successfully and made good progress in 2020. The total dairy herd increased by 6%, cow milk production grew by more than 7%, and milk collection and processing also expanded. 

Beeld: Cupffee

Europe’s first factory for biodegradable edible cups opens in Bulgaria

A Cupffee factory which will make edible and biodegradable waffle cups for hot and cold beverages was officially inaugurated with fully automated production in the Trakia Industrial Zone near Plovdiv, southern Bulgaria, reports Money news outlet. The factory products offer a fully environment-friendly alternative to the traditional single-use plastic and paper cups. The technology is unique and seen nowhere else in the world. The company is already well-received on the international markets and sells its innovative products in over 40 countries on six continents. Among the Copffee partners are large international companies including Lаvаzzа, Еtіhаd, Маnсhеѕtеr Сіtу, Lіdl, Есоnоmіѕt, Nаtіоnаl Gеоgrарhіс, Wаll Ѕtrееt Јоurnаl and Н&М.