Bulgarian tomatoes to get a passport

Bulgarian tomatoes will get a passport as the delicious native vegetables will be entered into an electronic register in order to identify and protect Bulgarian production, Minister of Agriculture Dimitar Grekov informed.

The initiative of the Ministry of Agriculture will be realized this fall and the entry into the register will be for free.

According to the minister this way it will be known what and when it is produced and what quantities will enter the market. This way oversupply could be avoided, Grekov noted.

The new system will hit the current manipulations of imported vegetables which have been disabling the Bulgarian farmers for years.

The register is not about taxes, Grekov reassured producers. In addition, he promised a stimulus to agriculture. Large retail chains already opened their doors to Bulgarian vegetables and fruits. The Minister of Agriculture today opened the first market only for local fruits and vegetables in Plovdiv. The market is located in the parking lot of the Metro -2 store, which provides the area and stands to farmers for free. According to the minister, through the chains of the store, the local products will soon reach to other EU countries. This would enable manufacturers to offer their products directly and they should reach consumers at reasonable prices, Professor Grekov said. According to him, this way the middlemen who are increasing the prices could be avoided.

The Ministry is also preparing a regulation to control the import of agricultural products. This would not be about tariffs and customs restrictions, but rather documentation of the origin and quality, because we have seen that most of the imported goods are cheap, but not of good quality, the head of the Bulgarian agricultural sector noted.

Source: www.standartnews.com

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