Many greenhouses are facing bankruptcy

Bulgaria sees vegetable prices going up

Over 2021, almost all basic vegetables have become more expensive in Bulgaria. Traders and experts say prices are rising slowly but surely, and for the past twelve months the jump in goods such as cucumbers and potatoes is about 30%. However, the biggest rises concerned cabbage, prices of which have jumped by nearly 58 percent.

According to data from the State Commission on Commodity Exchanges and Markets, compared to January last year, potatoes are more expensive by 20%, onions by 10% and tomatoes by between 13% and 17%. Against this background, Bulgaria may be left without Bulgarian vegetable production in 2022 due to the energy crisis.

Ivan Kaburov runs a greenhouse in Malo Konare. This winter it is empty. "Last year, tomatoes were planted here, which at that time were already one meter. At the moment, the greenhouse is absolutely empty, clean and all the bills we have made show that it is unprofitable to plant early products," says Ivan.

The production process has become too expensive, mainly due to increased heating costs in the greenhouse. Therefore, it will not work until the weather warms up to limit costs.


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