Expanding an organic cherry garden

EAFRD support was used to convert 5.4 ha of abandoned land into organic cherries orchards, thus helping to expand the harvest season and increase the farms profitability.

Project summary: 

An organic farmer near the Black Sea coast, in the district of Burgas specializes in the production of organic cherries. Since 2004 the farmer managed to double the size of his orchards and increased his local sales and even entered international markets.

Out of the 24.6 ha the farmer is currently managing, the last 5.4 ha were added with the help of EAFRD support. The project financed the delivery and planting of the trees, the installation of drip irrigation system and setting up the fences around the orchards.

Project results: 

The new cherry varieties added, allow to extend in the harvest season.

Four permanent jobs were created

180 temporary jobs during harvest time 

30% expected increase in exported cherries