Page update: 01 January 2000

CHIRPAN

The town of Chirpan is located in the central part of Bulgaria and includes a part of the Sredna Gora mountains (the Chirpan heights), and a the Maritsa River valley which runs through the Upper Thracian Plains. The minicipality region covers an area of 524,025 decares with an average altitude of 400 meters above sea level.

The climate in the region is temperately continental; soils are rich, thus conducive to the development of agriculture.

Although scarce in natural resources, there are some sporadic deposits of non-metal minerals which are utilized for local needs. The natural mineral water springs are not utilized and provide a great opportunity for the outside investor interested in bottling and exporting quality natural spring water.

The population of the municipality numbers 30,000 residing in the town of Chirpan and the remaining villages. The region has a rich ancient history evidenced by the Karasura archeological excavations.

Chirpan is the cultural and economic center of their region and the residence of the municipal administration. The town is the birthplace of a number of famous Bulgarian artists and musicians, most notably Peyo Yavorov, one of Bulgaria's greatest poets.

Agriculture is the major sector of the regional economy with 279,000 decares of arable land owned and cultivated mostly by private cooperatives and partnerships. Eighty-three percent of the land has been returned to its former owners.

Grain crops are largely grown in the region, including industrial crops: sunflower and particularly cotton; essential oils: lavender and others; and perennial plants: cherry and apple fruit. Chirpan also has favorable conditions for a large vine-growing industry with a tradition in wine production.

The Wheat and Cotton Research Institute has developed strains of wheat grown worldwide and serves as a dynamic asset in our agricultural development.

Fifty percent of the state property and capacity has been privatized through voucher, cash and manager privatization. The existing production facilities and human capital in the region, and the raw input that agriculture provides to food and other processing industries, creates a high potential for industrial development.

Particularly attractive for the investor are the agricultural and animal breeding sectors, with an expansion program of irrigated land and the water supply needed the possibilities are limitless.