The Minister of Agriculture and Food Kiril VatevKiril Vatev, a member of the Management Board of the Association of Meat Processors and owner of discussed with representatives of branch organizations to sign an agreement with measures to help Bulgarian farmers at a meeting in the Ministry of Agriculture. The meeting was attended by the executive director of DF "Agriculture" Georgi Tahov, the executive director of the National Agricultural Advisory Service Assoc. Dr. Mladen Mladenov, the chairman of the National Association of Potato Growers Todor Dzhikov, the chairman of the Association "United Agricultural Producers" Vencislav Mitkov and the chairman of the National Union of Agricultural Cooperatives in Bulgaria Nikolay Momchilov.

The three trade organizations presented their demands, formulated in 12 points, and presented the problems to the farmers who want quick solutions.

Minister Vatev emphasized that he and his team are always ready for a dialogue with the branch organizations and operational solutions to the problems, as the current leadership of the Ministry of Agriculture works in communication with the sector, including on the planned legislative changes, reports the press center of the Ministry of Agriculture and Food . 

With heavy equipment and bales of straw, farmers closed the main road Ruse - Veliko Tarnovo near the village of Polikraishte

"We did not come to ask for a resignation, but to solve the problems and unite the industry," said Todor Dzhikov.

At the meeting, an agreement was reached on the need to create new legislation for branch organizations in the "Agriculture" sector and to update the agro-ecological zoning by crops, and Minister Vatev presented his vision for legislation for cooperatives.

The participants discussed the topics of the Temporary framework for state aid after Russia's aggression against Ukraine, the Strategic Plan, the allocation of the state aid budget, support for disadvantaged areas and Ordinance No. 12 of August 23, 2023 on the terms and conditions for the use of plant products Protection.

Regarding the difficulties with the current definition of an active farmer, which excludes some producers from support, Ventsislav Mitkov stated that every real farmer should receive subsidies.

Farmers pointed out the problems they encounter with the implementation of the standard for good agricultural and ecological condition DZES 6 and with the area monitoring system.

The representatives of the branch organizations stated that they will inform their members of the consensus reached on the 12 points submitted by them and the intention to sign an agreement on them.

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