Kazanlak, Bulgaria - Republic of
A BULGARIAN WORKER FILLS A BAG WITH ROSE PETALS NEAR KAZANLAK.
A Bulgarian worker fills a plastic bag with rose petals in the early morning
on a rose filed near the town of Kazanlak, some 230 km east of the capital
Sofia. Bulgaria is one of the world's leading producers of rose oil, an
essential ingredient of high-quality perfumes. The Balkan country expects to
raise its rose oil production to up to 900 kg this year due to bigger
planted area and favourable weather, up from some 600-700 kg produced last
year. All of Bulgaria's rose oil is exported to the U.S. France, Germany,
Switzreland, Austria, the Netherlands and Japan. Picture taken on June 5,
2003. REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov TO MATCH STORY BC-BULGARIA-ROSE-OIL.