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The Vrazhdebna Training and experimental Field Centre of the University of Forestry is located on an area of 355 614 m2. It is located in the Sofia Plain near the quarter of Vrazhdebna. The terrain is plain, covered mainly by grass vegetation. The soil is alluvial-meadow, slightly gravy soil. In relation to the weather conditions, the Vrazhdebna Training and Experimental Field Centre of the University of Forestry is located in a moderate continental climatic subzone.
 

The average annual temperature is about 8,7оС. The Centre is not suitable for growing warm loving crops. The coldest months of the year in this region are December, January and February, with average temperature of 1,8 0С and the day temperatures might be below minus 20°C. The hottest months are July and August.
 

The average annual precipitation is 650 mm; the precipitation during the growing season is 380 mm. The months with the lowest precipitation are December, January, February and March, and with the highest precipitation – May, June and July.

The total area of the Vrazhdebna Training and Experimental Field Centre is 282 300 m2; 19 400 m2 is the area of the perennial crops and 262 900 m2 is the area of the fields. Underground irrigation system with its own water supplies has been built and has been functioning in the Field Centre. At present, Nikolay Georgiev, agronomist, is the director of the Centre. 
 

The Centre has its own agricultural machinery, consisting of various tractor-driven agricultural machines for land tilling.

The Vrazhdebna Training and Experimental Field Centre serves as a basis for carrying out training, scientific research and agricultural activities. The training of students from the Faculty of Agronomy and Faculty of Veterinary Medicine – in the preclinical and clinical courses is held in real conditions.
 

The students from the Faculty of Agronomy have practical courses in the following fields: Viticulture, Fruit-growing, Vegetable-growing, Plant-growing, General Agriculture, Irrigation, Agrochemistry, Entomology and Phytopathology. There is also a lecture hall where the theoretical conclusions of the practical training are held. 

 

The Training and Experimental Field Centre includes a demonstrative orchard – 5 da, consisting of 10 fruit tree species of 58 varieties (pome fruit species – apple trees (16), pear trees (8), quince trees (3), medlar trees (2); stone fruit species – nectarine trees (7), peach trees (6), plum trees (6), cherry trees (3), sour cherry trees (3)).
 

There is a vine plantation, established on an area of7 170 m2 of which 2,6 da is a vine collection of 57 varieties  (38 wine grape varieties and sorts, 29 grape varieties and sorts and 11 root-stocks varieties). Wine grape varieties, imported from France, are planted on the rest 4,5 da for the future production of wine.

 

The Training and Experimental Field Centre has 5 polyethylene greenhouses where different vegetable crops are grown. They serve as a basis for scientific research and practical training of students. 
 

The polyethylene greenhouses also serve for testing of new Bulgarian or introduced varieties.  

The Training and Experimental Field Centre has also an arable land of 262 900 m2 where different field and vegetable crops are grown. Scientific and research work and training of students are also carried out. 
 

Traditional vegetable crops, such as cabbage, leek, tomatoes, carrots, courgettes and other species, as well as non-traditional species – broccoli, white squash, Jerusalem artichoke, etc. are grown.
 

The scientific work, carried out on the territory of the Vrazhdebna Training and Experimental Field Centre is aimed at studying the different stages of the technologies for production of vegetable and field crops. New herbicides are being tested, new fertilization systems are being studied, non-traditional crops, such as broccoli, are being cultivated, methods for keeping the soil moisture and suppressing the weed development are being tested (such as mulching, contemporary agrotechnical systems in fruit-growing, viticulture, etc.). An experiment for testing of different energy crops has also been implemented.

 

A dendrarium with flowers and ornamental plants has been established on an area of 16 900 m2.

A decorative nursery has also been established on an area of 4 da.
 

An own cattle farm, where different animal species (cows, sows, poultry, sheep, goats, etc.) are bred, has been established. It serves as a basis for practical training of the students in Veterinary Medicine, as well as for scientific and research work of the lecturers and PhD students.


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For this purpose the Training and Experimental Forest Centre has farm premises for cows, heifers and pigs. Cattle-sheds for calves, sheep and goat pens, as well as a shed with poultry voliers have been separately built.
 

For the animal pasture the Training and Experimental Filed Centre has 28 da of meadows. On a part of the arable area fodder crops are grown.
 

Lecture halls of surgery and obstetrics and internal diseases have been equipped.

CONTACT

Name and surname Position E-mail Phone
Nikolay Ivanov Georgiev Director Training
and Experimental Field Centre
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 0888 237 003
02/945 07 59

D-r Ilian Stefanov Georgiev

Veterinarian   02/945 07 59
D-r Vladimir Miroslavov Pavlov Veterinarian   02/945 07 59
Doorman     02/945 07 59

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