Minister Calls for More Funds to Compensate Farmers
Albanian Daily News
Published December 10, 2016

The Minister of Agriculture,
Rural Development and Water Management, Edmond Panariti, asked the parliamentary
committee of economy on Friday to approve an additional fund of Lek 400 million
to be used for compensation of farmers, whose cattle died of nodular

 "I am asking for Lek 700 million to intervene
in the whole system, to protect the most vulnerable areas from flooding. But the
most urgent need is our demand for Lek 400 million that the Ministry of Agriculture
will use to afford compensation of farmers who lost their cows due to nodular
dermatitis," Minister Panariti said while presented to MPs of this committee
the main objectives of ministry for 2017.

On the other hand, minister Panariti
also made a wrap up of the achievements of agriculture ministry in 2016,
highlighting that Albania registered a significant growth of agricultural
products, exports etc.

"In its total, agriculture has contributed
to the national economy, by the end of September, some Euro 50 million more
than in 2015," Minister said. He also referred to the statistics published by
INSTAT according to which, the contribution of agriculture to GDP has increased

Panariti further explained that thanks
to the government intervention it was made possible to protect thousands of
hectares of agricultural land, flats and businesses from flooding. According to
him, this showed that funds were used efficiently, especially in investments.

Minister also announced that next year,
the mechanism of the Guarantee Fund will provide Euro 50 million funds to
farmers as a way to contribute to the Albanian economy and to support
entrepreneurship and farmer further expand their activity.

During the question-and-answer session
with MPs, the Minister stressed the fact that the Ministry of Agriculture
priority for the coming year will be the subsidies to livestock farmers, whom
he invited to apply for EU grants.

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