Are there Violations in the Bulgarian "School Fruit" Scheme?

Nova television reported a suspicion of abuse of fruit and vegetables, part of the school food, that children receive under the "School Fruit" Scheme. Delivery is made to 3,471 schools across Bulgaria, and some of the manufacturers suspect that a change in the law is made for the benefit of specific companies.

From this year, the Bulgarian authorities changed the rules to give producers an advantage over fruit merchants. Industry, however, is on the opinion that the new rules raise questions whether they were created to benefit specific people.

The reason for the debates was a newly registered producer who applied to take over the delivery of fruits to 1,188 schools and has only 180 acres of land. The manufacturers think that it can not manage to meet the needs of all schools in the country and nearly half a million students.

The new rules state that one-third of the supplies should be made by Bulgarian producers. Farmers insist that when the supplier is a producer, they have to be obliged to offer only their own production. 

Petya Petrova

Petya Petrova is a journalist, believer, and traveler.

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