InvestBulgaria Agency Newsletter (April 2014)

Date: Apr 2014

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Opening statement of the Minister of Agriculture and Food Prof. Doctor of Agricultural Sciences Dimitar Grekov

Prof. Doctor of Agricultural Sciences Dimitar Grekov

Minister of Agriculture and Food

He graduated in 1984 at the Agricultural University, majoring agronomist. In 1988 he defended PhD at the same university and started work as an assistant in the Department of "Animal Science".

From 1995 to 2010 he was an associate professor in the same department.

Between 1999 and 2007 he was Dean of the Faculty of Agronomy in Agricultural University - Plovdiv.

In 2010 he became Professor and Doctor of Agricultural Sciences.

In 2007 he was elected Rector of the Agriculture University. Since 29 May 2013 he is Minister of Agriculture and Food.

He has 125 scientific publications, 45 of which abroad in the field of cultivation technology and trade, the silkworm; genetics, breeding and feeding of farm animals.

Head of five PhD candidates, three of whom have successfully defended and of 80 graduates

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Bulgaria is a country with agricultural potential, which has very good conditions for the development of environmentally friendly agricultural production, which can provide both employment for many people and a good income. Under the EU funds for the period 2014 - 2020 in the field of agriculture, our country will receive BGN 15 billion. This money is a major source not only for the development of the agricultural sector in the country, but also for its modernization and competitiveness in the conditions of a market economy.

Ministry of Agriculture and Food conducts transparent policy so that the Bulgarian agricultural production can become more competitive, produce output with high added value through efficient utilization of available resources. Investment implementation of measures under the Program for rural development (2014-2020), will reveal the serious potential of competitiveness of Bulgarian agriculture amid market economy. The new program will have a special measure "Investments in tangible assets" under which you may purchase equipment. Through it, farmers will facilitate their work in the field and will be able to increase the quantitative indicators of their yields. We all know that modern farming is done with modern agricultural machinery.

The future vision of the Bulgarian agriculture is largely a function of the current status of the industry and the development of the CAP in the period 2014-2020.

What is needed is a policy that is as simple, flexible and transparent as possible. The rules should ensure optimum utilization of available funds to show people the effectiveness of public investments in agricultural policy.

For Bulgaria it is important to have strong European direct payments to farmers. Direct payments supplement income, provide economic security and can provide a fair standard of living.

The introduction of the so called "Green" direct payments is yet to be introduced. Our ambition is to use it so as to bring the greatest possible environmental benefits without compromising the viability of the sector. "Green" payments aim at a high degree of political legitimacy of costs of the Common Agricultural Policy. They are a way to demonstrate the public importance of the agricultural policy is not only to provide food but also as a factor in the environmental sustainability of the area.

Priority for Bulgaria in reform was bound support in certain sectors. Our country has made its priority to increase bound support as we agreed 13% bound support targeted at sensitive and important for us sectors such as livestock, fruit and vegetables. This will allow the improvement of the ratio between payments. Through this kind of direct payments we can be support sectors with special problems.

Bulgaria achieved its principle priority for simple application of direct payments. The country will be entitled to a scheme based on area without introducing payment rights by 2020, thus saving the need for farmers to adapt to the new, more complex systems and significantly reducing administrative costs.

The future CAP will implement simple and specific scheme for small farmers to reduce the administrative costs associated with the management and control of direct support.

For additional direct support to young farmers will be set a separate budget of about 2% of the package for direct payments. The scheme provides young farmers to receive higher direct subsidy.

The European Union should respond to these challenges by continuing the development of the Common Agricultural Policy in the 2014-2020 period in the direction of more competitive and market-oriented agriculture, more efficient use of public resources in order to meet the expectations of society for quality and safe food produced in environmentally friendly way.

Prof. Doctor of Agricultural Sciences Dimitar Grekov

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