OWNERS OF AGRICULTURAL PLOTS WANT LAND CONSOLIDATION
More than 85% of the Bulgarians who own plots of agricultural land want their consolidation, data of the pilot project (completed two days ago) for re-allocation of land in three villages show. The project was financed by the World Bank, and the chosen villages were: Botevo from the Toundja municipality, Yambol region, Abrit in the municipality of Kroushari, Dobrich region, and Hurlets, Kozlodoui municipality. The aggregate area of the land belonging to the village of Abrit is 18,609 dca, and 14,232 dca of them are cultivated plots. The average size of one plot in the region is 36 dca. After the re-allotment of land the average size of one plot is expected to become 128 dca. All polled 39 juristic persons expressed willingness for land consolidation of their estates. More than 85% of the owners of agricultural land in the Botevo village have also expressed willingness for re-allocation of their plots. The area of the land belonging to that village totals 28,538 dca, of which 27,820 dca are tilted plots. 920 landowners were questioned and the poll established that 290 of them possess individually or together with their family one real estate, 381 people have two estates, and 249 people own more than two plots. The average size of an estate in Botevo is 10 dca.All the 722 polled residents of Hurlets have also expressed willingness for land consolidation. 197 of the village inhabitants possess one plot of land, and 525 polled people are owners of two and more estates. In addition, another 16 people expressed willingness for re-allocation of plots they have in areas neighbouring the village of Hurlets. The results of the concluded first stage of the above-mentioned land consolidation project show that most of the owners of agricultural plots not only want re-allotment, but would like to speed up the process. Now we'll be waiting to see when the State will undertake the necessary measures for ensuring a legislative framework for re-allocation of agricultural land. In any case, this will happen during the mandate of the next government, experts say. Till the parliamentary elections the rulers will hardly take up with the mess in agricultural reforms, although it seriously restricts farmers' opportunities to buy or rent plots of sufficient size for a really efficient agricultural production.