Meeting with farmers of different communes of Berat

Lapardha, Berat

Albania

25-06-2014

Partners

Vullnetarizmi Nderkombetar Per Zhvillim Ne Shquiperi, VIS Albania

Typology of activities
  • Active participation/contributions to conferences/events
Main objective
  • Promote the themes of Essedra
  • Promote the high quality small-scale local productions
  • Promote the Ark of Taste in the Balkans and Turkey
  • Sensitize citizens to the importance of the biodiversity of agriculture and on the ecosystems service that derive from it
  • Sensitize citizens on the importance of their daily food choises
Brief Description

There were 9 farmers of various communes of Berat, Mr. Dritan Kolleshi (ESSEDRA project expert) and Mrs. Katia Zene (staff VIS Albania) participating in the meeting. The participants were members of Shoqata e Bleterritesve te Beratit Sh.B.B. (Beekeepers of Berat Association). The association is legally registered by the Tribunal of Tirane. Besides collecting honey, the farmers also cultivated vegetables in greenhouses. They used to sell their agricultural products at the wholesale market in Berat, while the honey is sold in various restaurants and stores of the city.
The meeting started with a presentation of the ESSEDRA project by K. Zene and the reason of this meeting. Then, the expert D. Kolleshi talked mainly about the EU production standards and how these requirements will be soon approved and required in Albania and those farmers, as small-scale producers, will have to adapt their production chain to these new requirements and standards. The farmers complained that they sell their products only in Berat and a small quantity in Lushnje, but no one knows the origin of their products (mostly honey). Their agricultural products miss a specific label. The president of “Beekeepers of Berat” Association, Mr. Selam Kalaj stated that if they could find a larger market to sell their products, they would produce more. Missing a label constrains them to sell with a low price and only to people they already know because they have not entered the market, yet. The second part of the meeting was focused on the Ark of Taste products. The farmers filled in the first nomination forms of Ark of Taste.

Targets
  • Producers

Organised by: VIS Albania

Referent: VIS Albania