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Domestic production of fruits and vegetables in Bulgaria is decreasing

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In the first quarter of this year alone, Bulgaria imported 88,000 tonnes of fresh vegetables and nearly 95,000 tonnes of fresh fruits, according to data from the National Statistical Institute. On the other hand, the areas planted with fruits traditionally grown in Bulgaria are constantly decreasing, according to data of the Ministry of Agriculture. 

Imports of apples, strawberries and pears have jumped by nearly 50% compared to the first quarter of 2020. Experts note that there is a drastic decline in the harvest of cherries

Bulgarian farmers plant less and less vegetables, with the main decline being in cabbage, of which in 2021 the quantities planted were 82% less than in the previous year. 
Since the beginning of the year, Bulgarians have put 4,000 tonnes of imported tomatoes and as many cucumbers on their table, instead of those grown until recently in domestic greenhouses.

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