Farmers from 12 European countries covered by the “Three Seas” initiative will discuss how to deal with the problems created by the uncontrolled import of grain products from Ukraine.
Kostadin Kostadinov, chairman of the National Association of Grain Producers and a participant in the meeting, explained to BNR that a ban on the import into the EU of grain treated with preparations not authorized in the Union will be requested.
“We’re letting grain come in from a third party of unknown quality,” he insisted. “Europe has allowed this import, but it is thus subjecting its producers and dooming them to bankruptcy,” comments Kostadinov.
He recalled the concerns that the grain entering from Ukraine enters without phytosanitary control at our border. According to him, in order to carry out such control, the state must pay private laboratories, and there is no money for that.
“The other thing – the import into Bulgaria is of old sunflower, last year’s harvest, which for the most part, especially in the case of sunflower, compromises its quality when left standing,” he said.
Kostadin Kostadinov announced a case of secretly taking a sample of wheat from one of the trucks, “let’s see what they actually put in”, and the sample was examined.
“From below, the conclusion was: unfit. And this grain is mixed with Bulgarian or other grain and is presented as such,” he explained.
Asked why no one knows where this grain goes, Kostadin Kostadinov noted that moving around the country, he sees how “there are no deals, trucks are going”.
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