Helping Save Traditional Varieties in Bulgaria

Sun, 08/03/2009 – Jude Fanton

In February 2002 we received this email and were happy to help by giving permission to adapt our Seed Savers’ Handbook for Bulgarian and Macedonian conditions. It was published within six months.
My name is Roman Rathkov. I am agronomist & I am chairman of a Bulgarian NGO, Agency for Agricultural Information and Innovation – Veliko Turnovo. Field of our activity is sustainable rural development.
‘Centre for Sustainable Agriculture’ is a project of the Agricultural Information and Innovations Agency – Veliko Turnovo, which is a non-governmental organisation established with the participation of four municipalities (Zlataritsa, Elena, Strazhitsa and Lyaskovets) in Veliko Turnovo District, Central Northern Bulgaria. This project is supported by the ‘Capacity 21st Century’ Project of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).
As a first phase of the project, with the UNDP financial support, the creation of a certified organic nursery has started for producing sowing material from the following medicinal and essential oil plants: Sage, Chamomile, Rue, Pyrethrum, Lavender. The planned capacity is to plant an area of 150-200 DKr per year with the specified corps.
We are very interested from possibilities to participate in your Seed Savers’ Network .
Six months later Roman had translated and adapted The Seed Savers’ Handbook into Bulgarian and Macedonian.
Roman Rathkov, Chairman, Agency for Agricultural Information and Innovation
5 Poltava str.,v.G, ap. 19, Veliko Turnovo, 5000 Bulgaria.
P.S. Излезе нова книга- AutoCAD 2002. Има я на http://www.bgbook.dir.bg