Bulgaria recovers from 2019 African swine fever crisis - GAIN

2021/2022 presented major financial challenges
calendar icon 26 December 2022
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According to a recent USDA GAIN report, in 2021 and 2022 to date, the Bulgarian livestock industry has successfully recovered following the 2019 African swine fever (ASF) crisis. 

The major challenges in 2021/2022 were related to sharply increasing feed grain and energy prices, skyrocketing inflation, and fluctuations in consumer demand related to the pandemic and the war in Ukraine. 

Bulgaria’s political stalemate negatively affected domestic support policies, but despite these challenges, commercial pork farmers have rebounded. Most backyard farmers have stopped raising pigs. 

Consumer demand has improved due to stabilization of the hotel, restaurant, and institutional (HRI) industry, and better travel and tourism seasons, with beef and pork consumption growing by a double-digits and reaching record high consumption levels in 2021 and most likely in 2022.

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