Albanian agri exports to EU and area attain historic highs –


Agricultural exports to the Balkan area and the European Union from Albania elevated to over €473 million throughout 2022, the best worth ever, in accordance with Agriculture Minister Frida Krifca.

In comparison with 2021, agricultural exports elevated by 15.6% in quantity and 18.1% in worth, in accordance with ministry figures. This enhance has been pushed by investments in export chains and storage assortment factors.

It was additionally as a result of elevated manufacturing and export of inexperienced greens.

“In accordance with the statistics, exports of greens resulted within the best development within the counties with probably the most intensive agriculture within the nation, similar to Berat, Lushnjë, Fier and Divjakë, the place two-season planting is ensured. Among the many foremost exported merchandise are greenhouse greens, tomato, cucumber, pepper, cabbage, onion, leek, and so forth.,” Krifca stated.

The ministry additionally reported that Albanian merchandise have been exported to at the least 78 nations worldwide.

In accordance with a 2022 World Financial institution Report, Albania’s agriculture sector is ripe with potential however struggles with rising prices, infrastructural challenges, and untapped potential. The report notably famous that tomatoes are a big alternative for improvement.

However the report from the World Financial institution discovered that Albanians are considerably underselling many gadgets, together with the common-or-garden tomato. Consultants from the nation go for 0.5 {dollars} (€0.48) a kilo, whereas Italy exports the identical product to the UK at 2.4 {dollars} (€2.3) per kilo.

The report means that Albania ought to think about promoting their merchandise to extra developed markets, similar to Western Europe, as Albanian merchandise can compete by way of worldwide requirements.

Different merchandise recognized by the World Financial institution as potential sources of revenue for Albanian farmers embody fish, nuts, fruit, watermelons and canned olives.

The Fee not too long ago launched the IPARD III programme at an EU degree, which can see €112 million ploughed into Albanian agricultural and rural improvement.

The programme covers 2021 to 2027 and seeks to assist sustainable meals methods by rising the agri-food sector’s competitiveness and progressively aligning it with the EU acquis. As well as, it goals to enhance the effectivity and sustainability of on-farm manufacturing to satisfy the demand for secure, nutritious, sustainable meals and animal welfare.

The initiative’s different basic tenets embody facilitating enterprise improvement and employment in rural areas and elevating farmers’ positions within the worth chain. It additionally hopes to draw extra farmers to the sector and enhance neighborhood improvement on a neighborhood degree.

Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama stated the cash would open doorways for people who wish to work in and develop the sector in Albania.

“This large EU funding paves a fair wider path for all who wish to develop their enterprise. What is occurring is a unprecedented innovation within the rural lifetime of our nation, which has been delayed,” Rama stated.

(Alice Taylor |

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