Irrigation in Bulgaria
Source: GeoJournal, Volume 40, Number 4, December 1996 , pp. 405-411(7)
Agriculture in Bulgaria entered a severe crisis in 1989 following the collapse of the central planning system. Since then it has been going through a transition towards market-based system and a structural transformation from large state cooperatives to smaller privately owned and operated farms and cooperatives. Irrigation, a major water use until recently, has been strongly affected by these processes, and has dropped to a point where less than 15% of the areas equipped for irrigation are actually irrigated. Heavy state investments in the irrigation subsector and its vital importance for the economy make it imperative to up-grade and restructure irrigated agriculture to reflect new forms of land ownership and farming, as well as the current and future organizational patterns of the agricultural economy.
Document Type: Regular paper
Affiliations: 1: Research Institute for Irrigation, Drainage and Hydraulic Engineering, 136 Tzar Boris III Blvd, 1618 Sofia, Bulgaria; email: email@example.com (Plamen Petkov) 2: Irrigation Systems Inc., Sofia, Bulgaria
Publication date: 1996-12-01