ECONOMY

Bulgarian farmers complain about cheap Greek imports

Bulgarian fresh fruit farmers are complaining that Greek imports are undercutting their products and have called on the local government to support the sector, according to press reports in the neighboring country.

Bulgaria’s fresh fruit producers say that the market has been swamped by Greek tomatoes, with prices much lower than that of domestic produce.

This means that locally grown stock is rotting away in the greenhouses, newspaper The Sofia Echo reported on its website, citing a report on private television channel bTV.

“Tomatoes which have been picked two days ago are just stuck here because they cannot be released on our market. They cannot be placed, because of the imports swamping us from Greece at a much lower cost,» local farmer Damian Byalkov told the bTV.

“Greek tomatoes are sold at the exchange for about .70-.80 leva. But for us, anything under 1.20 leva for a kg of tomatoes is simply uneconomical,» he added.