I was very impressed by this exhibition, showing the whole path from the field to the table. This is the truth and this will be the new policy of the Ministry of Agriculture and Food, because power comes from the bottom to upward. This was what said the Minister of Agriculture and Food Kiril Vatev during the official opening of the second agricultural forum "From the farm to your table" in the town of Sandanski.
We need to build an agro-food chain together with all producers, the minister added. In particular, for those who present their products at this exhibition, we have to ensure them with permanent markets where they can realize their wonderful products, he said further.
The venue "From the farm to your table “is jointly organized by the Blagoevgrad Regional Directorate Agriculture together with the Ministry of Agriculture, the SW State Forestry Company, municipalities in the region and the National Association of Municipalities in the Republic of Bulgaria.
The mayor of Sandanski Atanas Stoyanov and the regional governor of Blagoevgrad Stoyan Hristov also took part in the official opening of the exhibition.
Within two days, more than fifty farmers will present their products at the forum. All visitors will be able to taste and buy local traditional products by farmers from the area.
Local initiative groups from the town of Sandanski, Razlog and Gotse Delchev - Garmen - Hadjidimovo also participated in the second edition of the event.
During his visit, Minister Kiril Vatev also held a working meeting with mayors, their deputies and representatives of the local authorities from the region. At the meeting, the agri-minister raised some questions related to misuse of pastures by the municipalities, which is harmful for Bulgarian animal husbandry, the Moratorium on unclaimed agricultural land propertuy, the so-called "white spots" etc. He called up for more intensive communication and synchrony between the executive and local authorities in order to jointly solve the problems of Bulgarian farmers and livestock breeders.