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Excise-free oil, government ready to extend application deadlines, more time given to farmers

Excise-free oil, government ready to extend application deadlines, more time

The government is seeing as an option the extension of the application deadline for free oil by farmers in the country. With the publication of the scheme that shows farmers how they will benefit from excise-free oil for cultivating their lands, the government has set February 25 as the closing date for applications. Of course the interest was so high, but so far they have not managed to apply at least as many farmers as provided by the draft law on this issue. Thus, with three days left from the deadline for farmers to apply for tax-exempt oil, MP Taulant Balla has requested an extension. He made this request yesterday during the meeting of the National Integration Council, which was also attended by the Minister of Agriculture, Milva Ekonomi. Balla said that during the pandemic it was highlighted that the agricultural sector was the one that kept the economy afloat. According to him, this is also shown in the reports of international institutions, therefore it is necessary for the government to invest more. Here he has asked the Economist to reconsider postponing the application deadline for farmers. "If we refer to the European Union report, Albania has a good level of preparation in this field. In the report, the Commission states that Albania has made progress in implementing the relevant measures in the food and veterinary safety sector, as well as in the animal register. Despite this fact we are aware that our country still has a lot to do in the field of agriculture and especially in terms of food security. Based on the data, this sector currently provides about 20% of Gross Domestic Product and about 37.4% of total employment. I believe we will have news from the minister to extend this deadline to give more time to Albanian farmers to apply. It is a good opportunity ", said Taulant Balla. Minister Milva Ekonomi herself has repeatedly called on farmers to apply to be part of this scheme. A few days ago she indicated that so far less than half of the expected number have applied, so in these conditions it is expected that the application deadline will be extended.

Funding programs are added

While assuring council members and citizens that the ministry will do its best in favor of farmers, the Minister of Economy indicated that this year will be more extended IPARD programs. According to her, Albania is the country that continues to receive more funding from international projects to finance and support growing farmers. She indicated that parts of the EU-funded fund are still available, which will of course be distributed to farmers in the future. "IPARD has shown that Albania is very capable of absorbing funds, even better than other Western Balkan countries. Absorption of funds from Albania is 95%, a very important value in terms of Chapter 11, in two perspectives. Firstly, because we are getting ready to set up the register through the farmer card, ie through our elements and secondly, the fact that Albania has been successful in using IPARD funds completed and the third IPARD call, where 369 farmers have applied and the evaluation of applications is still in process. We should have kept in mind that, since the IPARD calls were opened in Albania, starting from 2014, we have about 1057 applications. In total, we have spent a value of 46 million euros, while the total amount of IPARD is 94 million euros ", she said. The Minister said that, during 2020, a lot of work has been done for food safety and 93,700 inspections have been carried out and 258 fines have been imposed that have been found in violation and many warning measures have also been taken. We should have kept in mind that, since the IPARD calls were opened in Albania, starting from 2014, we have about 1057 applications. In total, we have spent a value of 46 million euros, while the total amount of IPARD is 94 million euros ", she said. The Minister said that, during 2020, a lot of work has been done for food safety and 93,700 inspections have been carried out and 258 fines have been imposed that have been found in violation and many warning measures have also been taken. We should have kept in mind that, since the IPARD calls were opened in Albania, starting from 2014, we have about 1057 applications. In total, we have spent a value of 46 million euros, while the total amount of IPARD is 94 million euros ", she said. The Minister said that, during 2020, a lot of work has been done for food safety and 93,700 inspections have been carried out and 258 fines have been imposed that have been found in violation and many warning measures have also been taken.