Farmer's Voice

Phantom companies received huge subsidies without production

The Third world forum for oriental tobacco opened yesterday in Plovdiv. It includes growers from Bulgariaand is organized by the International Tobacco Growers Association. Representatives of the sector from all over Europewere present. Lecturers include Francois van der Merwe, President of the International Tobacco Growers Association, Carlo Saccheto, Secretary General of the European Federation of Tobacco Processors, Antonio Abrunhose, CEO of ITGA, Gustavo Bosio trade expert from Philip Morris, etc. The Forum was opened by Minister of Agriculture Vasil Grudev.

During a short briefing, Minister Grudev said a data base and payments rate for 2015 are to be established, so the amount can be calculated and included in the state budget. The problem with phantom companies receiving subsidies is very serious. Having produced tobacco in 2007-2009, they legally receive subsidies now, which is unfair. It has to be known who is really working in the sector. This situation damages small growers. The amounts to be paid next year will comply with European legislature. To introduce fairer distribution, meetings with representatives from organizations from the sector are to be held. During these meetings, the legal frameworks and main parameters for subsidies must be discussed.

(BGNES Agency)