“In autumn herb producers will be able to apply under Measure 4.2 "Investments in processing / marketing of agricultural products" under the Rural Development Programme 2014-2020”, said Minister of Agriculture and Food Desislava Taneva at the opening of Midsummer festival, held near the mineral baths of Stara Zagora. She added that at this stage, manufacturers can only apply for herb processing plants. "The herb is a gift from nature. The state can support nature not to destroy it, "said the minister and reminded that additional support is envisaged for traditional Bulgarian oil-bearing plants such as rose, lavender and essential oil products in the new programming period.
Minister Taneva highlighted that at this stage, administrative procedures regarding authorization for herbs picking should be simplified to the maximum extent. "We need to take actions on the environment and nature protection. We have such measures under the "Agroecology” of RDP 2014-2020. With the support of the Minister of Labour and Social Affairs Ivaylo Kalfin some legislative amendments are planned to be made aiming to ease the labor of people engaged in such activities, "specified Taneva.