Ventzislav Hadzhiev is a young farmer who has a farm in Golyam Chardak village, Plovdiv district. The area that he is currently processing is about 100 acres, 50 of which planted with Goji berry variety JB1.
His plantation was created in 2014 with organically grown Goji berry for fresh fruit. He is currently in transition to certification of organic production.
The plantation is built on project grants under measure 121 “Modernization of agricultural holdings” of the Programme for Rural Development 2007-2013. The project was developed with the help of a consulting organization.
In July 2013 the business plan for the project of the farmer was successfully accepted by the Paying Agency – Plovdiv. In August 2014 the funding contract is approved and Ventzislav Hadzhiev signed with state fund “Agriculture”. Documents concerning the origin of plants and other documentation and certificates that are attached to the business plan were adopted by the SFA without comments.
The planting material of a variety JB1 is registered in the Variety List of company Bio tree and currently implemented final phase of DUS tests for the protection of intellectual property and registration in the Variety List of the EU. Goji berry JB1 is highly productive variety, which came into fruit bearing in the year of planting.
In the first year (3-4 months after planting) Ventzislav Hadzhiev has produced more than two tons ripe fruit, which is an average of over 0.5 kg per plant.