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The 2021 grape harvest is expected to be 20 per cent bigger than last year's told Minister of Agriculture, Food and Forestry Prof.Dr. Hristo Bozukov. He, along with Vice President Iliana Yotova, attended the start of harvesting in a vineyard near the southwestern village of Harsovo, Sandanski Municipality.

“Overall, 145,000 tonnes of wine grape and 100 million litres of wine are expected to be produced this year”, added the Agriculture Minister. “The grapes are expected to have high sugar content and good quality indicators”. In addition, Prof. Bozukov pointed out that Bulgarian wine is highly competitive and ways should be found to broaden its market abroad

Minister Bozukov  pointed out that State Fund Agriculture have paid vine-growers nearly 12.5 million leva for June, July and August under various measures of the National Support Programme in the Wine Sector 2019 - 2023.The wine sector will receive support through the anti-COVID measures as well after the state budget was updated.

Vice President of Bulgaria Iliana Yotova wished good harvest to the Bulgarian wine producers to continue to observe the quality requirements in order to meet the expectations of the European consumers. Yotova emphasized the need for a more serious advertising campaign of Bulgarian production.

During his visit, Minister Bozukov held a meeting with representatives of the sector, where they discussed the opportunities for broadening the wine markets, as well as the targeted support for the sector.

Regional Governor of Blagoevgrad Nikolay Shushkov, Deputy Minister of Agriculture Yavor Gechev, Chairman of the National Vine and Wine Chamber Yordan Chorbadjiiski, Executive Director of the Executive Agency for Vine and Wine Krassimir Koev, Deputy Mayor of the village Harsovo. Rosalina Borisova etc. were among the guests at the opening of the grape harvest. Symbolic hosts of the event were the Zikatanov family, owners of Villa Melnik, who introduced the guests to the production halls, laboratory where they test their wine and raw materials and the cellar.

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