Protected vegetable production in South-East Europe - recent trends

N. Gruda, G. Popsimonova
In the recent past, the production of protected crops in South-East Europe (SEE) has been continuously increasing. The main reasons are right Mediterranean climate conditions in coastal areas and consumer preferences for local production in continental areas, even though these products are out of season. Protected cultivation allows an early and prolonged production time, which is economically attractive for growers. Vegetable growers use a broad spectrum of structures, depending on the crop, climate, anticipated benefit and investment potential. This contribution outlines some trends of protected cultivation in SEE countries. Based on an over-spanning regional survey, we present system facilities and vegetable technologies. Finally, we briefly discuss some future challenges. Some room for improvement remains, especially regarding the adoption of Good Agricultural Practices. Hence, the FAO-Working-Group for Protected Cultivation in SEE wrote a manual covering the essential topics and greenhouse crop technologies. We hope that the recommendations outlined in this manual will affect future governmental policy and serve as guidelines for growers in this region.
Gruda, N. and Popsimonova, G. (2021). Protected vegetable production in South-East Europe - recent trends. Acta Hortic. 1326, 1-8
DOI: 10.17660/ActaHortic.2021.1326.1
energy efficiency, good agricultural practices, greenhouse production, plastic houses, protected crops, renewable energy sources, SEE

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