Ilda Hoxha

Despite government propaganda for agricultural subsidies, INSTAT figures show that 2021 has the lowest increase over the years, of just 0.28%. According to experts, a sector where almost half of the population is employed, or 44% of it, is being lied to “crumbs” by the government and is turning us into a society consuming products of neighbouring countries.

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In April this year, Minister of Agriculture, Mrs. Frida Krifca stated that farmers have received increased attention form the government.

“We have been close to farmers and fishermen with direct support of the largest budget ever available in agriculture. We are at 3.7 billion ALL. “Never in the 30 years of democracy have such support for agriculture been given annually from the state budget,” she said.

However, the Minister of Finance Mrs. Delina Ibrahimaj, at a conference in April, talking about economic growth during the last year, didn’t mention the agriculture sector.

“The Albanian economy grew by 8.54% in 2021, supported by fiscal policies undertaken by the government, investment growth and consumption,” said Brahimaj.

She pointed out that the sectors with the largest growth are construction by 1.75 percentage points, trade by 1.66 pp and industry by 1.48 pp.

Agriculture, one of the sectors that employ 44% of the population, as per  Monitor data, was not mentioned at all by the Minister of Finance as a “success story”.

“INSTAT reported that 1,248,749 people employed in 2021 across the country, as per the data gathered by the Labour Force Survey, but almost half of them, i.e., 44 percent were employed in the agricultural, forestry and fisheries sector.” – wrote Monitor, in an article dated 31 May 2022.

But how has the growth trend of agriculture been, as one of the main sectors in our country?

Faktoje referred to INSTAT data over the years, where it turns out that in 2021, Agriculture has increased by only 0.28%, while in 2020 this increase was in 1.35%. If we look at the following table, elaborated by Faktoje for 2014-2022, it turns out that the most successful year for agriculture was 2010 having a growth of 7.65%. Meanwhile, according to the same data, during the same period of time in 2021, Agriculture has had the lowest growth rates.

Despite government propaganda for agricultural subsidies, INSTAT figures show that 2021 has the lowest increase over the years, of just 0.28%. According to experts, a sector where almost half of the population is employed, or 44% of it, is being lied to “crumbs” by the government and is turning us into a society consuming products of neighbouring countries.

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In April this year, Minister of Agriculture, Mrs. Frida Krifca stated that farmers have received increased attention form the government.

“We have been close to farmers and fishermen with direct support of the largest budget ever available in agriculture. We are at 3.7 billion ALL. “Never in the 30 years of democracy have such support for agriculture been given annually from the state budget,” she said.

However, the Minister of Finance Mrs. Delina Ibrahimaj, at a conference in April, talking about economic growth during the last year, didn’t mention the agriculture sector.

“The Albanian economy grew by 8.54% in 2021, supported by fiscal policies undertaken by the government, investment growth and consumption,” said Brahimaj.

She pointed out that the sectors with the largest growth are construction by 1.75 percentage points, trade by 1.66 pp and industry by 1.48 pp.

Agriculture, one of the sectors that employ 44% of the population, as per  Monitor data, was not mentioned at all by the Minister of Finance as a “success story”.

“INSTAT reported that 1,248,749 people employed in 2021 across the country, as per the data gathered by the Labour Force Survey, but almost half of them, i.e., 44 percent were employed in the agricultural, forestry and fisheries sector.” – wrote Monitor, in an article dated 31 May 2022.

But how has the growth trend of agriculture been, as one of the main sectors in our country?

Faktoje referred to INSTAT data over the years, where it turns out that in 2021, Agriculture has increased by only 0.28%, while in 2020 this increase was in 1.35%. If we look at the following table, elaborated by Faktoje for 2014-2022, it turns out that the most successful year for agriculture was 2010 having a growth of 7.65%. Meanwhile, according to the same data, during the same period of time in 2021, Agriculture has had the lowest growth rates.