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Bulgaria expects record production of rose oil in 2008

Bulgaria expects record production of rose oil in 2008

Bulgaria's rose oil distilleries expect record production this season of the ingredient for the world's highest-grade perfume, officials said Tuesday.
Total rose oil production could reach a record 3,000 kilograms (6,600 pounds), compared to 2,000 kilograms (4,400 pounds) last year, said Nedko Nedkov, director of the Institute of the Rose in Kazanlak, the center of Bulgaria's Rose Valley.
Some 36,000 farmers in this area in central Bulgaria work in the labor intensive business. It takes approximately 4,000 kilograms (8,800 pounds) of rose petals to produce one kilogram (2.2 pounds) of pure rose oil.
Bulgarian rose oil is traditionally used for the highest-grade perfume in the world. Main buyers are France, the United States, Germany and Japan.
"The export price of the Kazanlak rose oil reached this year euro5,500 (US$8,500) per kilogram," Nedkov said.
It is generally accepted that there are more than 5,000 varieties of roses, yet only a few have the fragrance prized by perfumers.
The Bulgarian oil-bearing rose, Rosa damascena, has been cultivated in the Rose Valley for more than 500 years. Bulgaria is one the world's largest producers of rose oil along with Turkey and Morocco.


Updated : 2020-11-30 03:28 GMT+08:00