80% of the owners of heated greenhouses in Bulgaria will not prepare them for the next season, the Bulgarian National Television reports on November 19.
Due to concerns about the next jump in energy prices, farmers prefer to leave them empty. However, this will also lead to layoffs.
For the first time since the establishment of the greenhouse in the village of Malo Konare, it will remain empty during the winter months. Ivan Kaburov’s farm is not sure that if tomatoes are planted, it will be able to pay for pellets for the whole season and get a good harvest at competitive prices.
“The situation is very unpredictable. Energy carriers are very unpredictable this year. Energy resources have grown three times, it is not known what will happen tomorrow, they would not have grown 6 times, eight times. At the moment, sunflower pellets cost 450-500 LV per ton. Last year it was 130, 140 lv. I burn about 5 tons per night, 2500 LV (about 80 thousand rubles) — these are my expenses only for heating,” said vegetable grower Ivan Kaburov.
If the greenhouses remain empty, this will also lead to layoffs. The farm in Malo Konar employs 21 people on permanent contracts, who are also concerned.
“Whole families work for me, they ask me what will happen next, and I say I don’t know. As soon as the cabbage is harvested, I will be forced to let them go, and I think it will be from January 1,” said vegetable grower Desislava Kaburova.
If it is not clear how the sector will be supported in the shortest possible time, there is a danger that Bulgarian greenhouse production will disappear from the market altogether.
The new crop will be planted in Ivan Kaburov’s greenhouse only at the end of March.