Sustainable Water Treatment and Nutrient Reuse Options

Bulgarian Cluster

Scientific Representative: Dr. Stefan Shilev
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Agricultural University Plovdiv (AU)

The Agricultural University – Plovdiv was established in 1945 and ever since it has been involved in training highly skilled professionals.

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Council of the Bulgarian Agricultural Organizations (CBAO)

CBAO was established in the framework of COPA/COGECA PHARE project: “Assistance to the development of Farmers’, Cooperatives and Young Farmers Organizations” in the perspective of the future membership of the agricultural organizations from Bulgaria in the European structures. The Council is an umbrella organization which unifies on a voluntary basis the general and specialized commodity branch organizations dealing in the field of agriculture production.

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Plovdiv Municipality (Plovdiv)

Plovdiv is the second largest city on population and the most important cultural center of Bulgaria and it is candidate for the Cultural capital of Europe 2019. There are six regional administrations on its territory representing the local executive authority including this regional authority. During the last years, the operation of the Municipal WWTP in Plovdiv has been under very difficult pressure on how to dispose or find use for the amount of sludge it has been accumulating.

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ZK “Edinstvo“ - Kostievo (Edinstvo)

Edinstvo is a manufacturer and trader of agricultural products offering services and agricultural equipment implementation. Currently this SME is one of the most successful agricultural SMEs in Bulgaria, working with an amount of 11,500 hectares of arable land. It has already initiated wastewater reuse application to its fields and is among the main producers of paddy rice in the country and has a rice field near the village Kostievo, which is located in the regional Bulgarian cluster, around Plovdiv. Their main activity is the production of cereals. 1 700 ha of land is dedicated to agriculture, of which 700 ha are for cereals, 400 ha for rice, 300 ha for rape, 150 ha sunflower and 50 ha for corn.

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