Bulgarian vegetable and fruit producers, traders protest against cheap imports

Bulgaria’s Agriculture and Food Ministry is to propose setting up mobile squads to control imports of vegetables from Macedonia, minister Dimitar Grekov said, after local vegetable and fruit producers and traders protested against being undercut by competition from cheap imports from neighbouring countries also including Turkey and Greece.

In the Bulgarian town of Lyubimets, watermelon producers and traders taking part in a protest against cheap imports called for stepped-up control on exports from Greece and Turkey.

Grekov said that he would ask Bulgaria’s Cabinet to agree to setting up the mobile squads to operate in July, August and September.

He said that, in response to the demands of local vegetable and fruit producers and traders, there would be serious control at border checkpoints and, in the long run, consideration would be given to establishing a unit to plan the marketing of Bulgarian vegetables.

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