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Transitioning into an Organic Fruit Farm


Funded by measure 214 'Agri environmental payments', this 5-year project aims at transforming a conventional farm into an organic fruit tree farm, producing apricots and walnuts.


After 5 years spent working in the French agricultural sector, Dobrin Kalinov gained enough experience and confidence to start his own farm in Bulgaria. In 2009, he established a 34 ha apricot orchard. Between 2009 and 2013, with the support under Measure 112, the farm expanded and acquired farm machinery. The farm has now an apricot orchard of 42 acres and a walnut plantation of 22 acres. Mr Kalinov decided then to switch to organic farming.


The objective is to support the transition from a conventional to an orgarnic farm while maintaining sustainable economic activities.

Main activities

Dobrin Kalinov attended a training on agroecology. By the end of 2016 the farm will comply with the requirements of Regulation (EC) № 834/2007 on organic production and labeling of organic products, while maintaining good agricultural practices.

Results & Benefits

Since the end of 2011 the farm is under the supervision of organic certification authorities. The farm will further developed its activities in the next years to become more competitive while respecting the environment.

Lessons learnt

Getting involved in an organic production requires a real commitment in order to meet all requirements. Dobrin Kalinov also explained that "producing organic products is a big responsibility for farmers, with regard to nature and consumers' health".

Project location and other information

Okorosh Village, Dulovo & Vetren Village, Silistra Region Before the implementation of this project, the beneficiary received support under Measure 112 (25,000€), which contributed to the creation and successful development of the farm. Using the Measure 111, he participated in a 150 hours vocational training in the field of agriculture (1,750€) and another 18 hours training (210€) on agri-environment issues.



RDP Territory


Total project cost (€)

21 840

EAFRD contribution (€)

17 908

National contribution (€)

3 932

Contact name

Dobrin Kalinov


+359 894 422 899

Languages for contact

French, Bulgarian

At a glance



Final beneficiary type

Individual farmers

Budget range

€20 000 - €99 999

Start date:


End Date:


Theme / Measure:

• Environment and Sustainable Resource Management
• Sustainable use of agricultural land
• 214. Agri-environment payments


Organic farming, Agri-environment, Fruit, Sustainable agriculture, Young farmers

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