Albania increased vegetable production by 8 percent in 2019, bringing the total to 1.2 million tons, 34% of which are produced in Fier and Lushnja, reports INSTAT.

Divjaka is the first larger producer of vegetables in the country with 14.4 percent of the total. In 2019, vegetable production in this municipality marked the largest increase in the country, with 38%.

The Municipality of Lushnja is the second with 13.9% of the total with an increase of 7.5 percent compared to 2018.

The third largest producer of vegetables in the country is Ura Vajgurore with 82 thousand tons of vegetables in 2019 with an increase of 3.1% compared to the previous year. Furthermore, the largest vegetable producers in the country are Durrës, with 57 thousand tons, Tirana with 48 thousand and Rrogozhina with 40 thousand tons.

On the other hand, the municipalities of Saranda, Pustec, Libohova, Gjirokastra, Dropull, Kolonja, Delvina and Kamza have the lowest level of vegetable production in the country.

Vegetable production is mostly dependent on the experience and climatic conditions of the soil. Myzeqeja, in addition to having fertile soil, also has a great experience in the cultivation of vegetables and the development of agriculture as a whole before the 1990s.

But the largest annual increase in vegetable production after Divjaka is seen to have had the municipality of Fushë-Arrëz, where the amount produced has increased by 33% in 2019. Further in the municipality of Mallakastra vegetable production has increased by 33% and also in the municipalities of Kolonja and Klosi the production in tons increased by 31% for each. Puka and Korça also increase their production by over 20 percent.

While the largest decline in production in 2019 had the municipalities of Gjirokastra with 23%, Delvina with 21%, Libohova with 17%, Vlora with 12% and Përmet with 10%.

Agriculture will continue to grow during the coming year driven by the expansion of areas planted with vegetables, investments in the storage and export chain and the increase in external demand for Albanian products. The pandemic crisis that has hit all sectors of the economy has affected the food supply chain the least.

In 2020, in January-October, exports of agricultural products increased by 10 percent, with a value of ALL 32 billion (EUR 257 million). Foods were ranked as the third largest group in the 9 export groups, accounting for 14% of the total. The positive results were driven by the sales of vegetables, which marked an annual increase of 14% in the 10-month period, reaching the value of ALL 7.4 billion, or EUR 60 million.

Even for 2021 the growth in the agricultural sector will come from positive developments in the chain of storage and export.

Klara Ruci

RTSH

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