Bulgaria's 2011 Grain Yield Said to Be Better Than Last Year'sBusiness | July 9, 2011, Saturday // 15:22| views
Bulgarian Agriculture Minister Naydenov pictured driving a harvester near Bozhurets,
Bulgaria's grain yield in 2011 will even be slightly better than it was in 2010, the Agriculture Ministry has indicated.
Thus, Bulgaria's wheat output is expected to reach 4.1 million tons in 2011, up from 4 million in 2010, while the barley yield is forecast to reach 6.7 million tons.
"We will have more wheat that is suitable for good Bulgarian bread," Agriculture Minister Miroslav Naydenov declared upon opening the harvest in the village of Bozhurets, Kavarna Municipality, in Northeastern Bulgaria, as cited by Darik Dobrich.
Naydenov, together with the head of the State Agriculture Fund Rumen Porozhanov and 11 associations of grain producers, participated in a sitting of the national Grain Consultative Consul in the northeastern city of Dobrich, the center of Bulgaria's most fertile grain-producing region Dobrudzha.
Data of the Agriculture Ministry indicates that 89% of the wheat and 86% of the barley from the 2011 harvest will be in a "good" or "very good" condition.
In the fall of 2010, Bulgarian farmers planted wheat on a total of 10.4 million decares, rye – on 65 000 decares, and rapeseed – on 2.3 million decares. The area planted with corn in the spring of 2011 is 17% greater than it was last year, and with sunflower – 5% greater.
The Ministry expects an average yield of wheat of 400 kg per decare, and of barley – 376 kg per decare.
The Bulgarian grain producers have a total of 9 000 harvesters, of which 1 600 are outdated and may no longer be used. However, 2011 is the first year in the past 20 years when over 20% of the harvesters in Bulgaria are "younger" than 10 years.
Bulgaria's Agriculture Minister has revealed that the government is mulling imposing a limit on state subsidies for agriculture because at present 3.4% of the beneficiaries in Bulgaria receive 78% of the subsidies. Putting a limit on the maximum allowed subsidies will help the state stimulate more people in the rural regions, Naydenov believes.