Krassimira Zagorova
Technical University of  Varna, Bulgaria

2nd International Scientific Conference – EMAN 2018 – Economics and Management: How to Cope With Disrupted Times, Ljubljana – Slovenia, March 22, 2018, CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS published by: Association of Economists and Managers of the Balkans, Belgrade, Serbia; Faculty of Management Koper, Slovenia; Doba Business School – Maribor, Slovenia; Integrated Business Faculty –  Skopje, Macedonia; Faculty of Management – Zajecar, Serbia, ISBN 978-86-80194-11-0


The paper presents an analysis of the main objectives, priorities and principles set out in the strategic framework for management and development of the irrigation sector in Bulgaria for the periods 20012020 and 20182030, respectively. The sharp decline in the share of the country’s irrigated areas, mainly due to gross mismanagement, maladministration and unregulated and unsupervised responsibilities in the process of restructuring and restoration of land ownership, establishes new priorities as identified in the Strategy for the development of irrigated agriculture under the conditions of private agricultural property. The summarised results of the implementation of the accomplished objectives pursued in the Strategy (20012020) inevitably point to the conclusion that the restructuring processes of the country’s hydromelioration sector are complex, lengthy, time-consuming and practically ineffective. The critical drop of the amount of the actually irrigated areas to less than 10% of all the irrigable land proves to be the primary reason for changing the existing framework in Bulgaria and adopting a fundamentally new “Common strategy for the management and development of the hydromeliorations and protection against the harmful effects of water” over the period 20182030.  ​​

Key words

Hydromelioration sector, Strategic priorities, Irrigation associations


[1] Annual agrarian reports of MAF (2010) p.128, (2011) p.134, (2012) p.124, (2013) p. 121, (2014) p.122, (2015) p.125, (2016) p.123, (2017) p.115;
[2]  Zagorova, Kr. P. (2012) Strategy for implementation of irrigated agriculture reform in Bulgaria in the context of decentralisation, International Jubilee Congress, 50 years of Technical University – Varna, October, vol. 7, ISBN: 978954200556, pp.167173;
[3]  Irrigation Associations Act (2001) SG No.34, p. 6,8,11,15;
[4]  Kubratova, M. (2002) The irrigation reform is ineffective, Economic life, No.40, pp.1112;
[5]  Ordinance on the acquisition and redemption of the irrigation associations’ right of use of the HMI sites and the available servicing equipment within the associations’ territory (2002) SG No.21, pp. 23;
[6]  Ordinance №2 regarding the financial assistance for the irrigation associations (2002) SG No.11, p.3;
[7]  Ordinance on the terms and conditions for participation of the State in the payment of the “irrigation water usage” service price (2002) SG No.39, pp.12;
[8]  Common strategy for the management and development of hydromeliorations and protection against harmful effects of water (2016) MAF, p. 2,3,4,9;
[9]  Statistical Yearbooks of the Republic of Bulgaria (2000), p.131, (2004) p.139, (2008) p.142;
[10] The Water Strategy published, proposes 7 steps, 12 wholesalers and numerous associations, Agro Plovdiv, Business news and agriculture (2016):;  
[11] MAF sets out strategic objectives for the development of the sector Hydromeliorations, fermer, BG (2016):​

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