Meeting with farmers of Lumth Commune, Lushnje

Lumth, Lushnje

Albania

25-06-2014

Partners

Vullnetarizmi Nderkombetar Per Zhvillim Ne Shquiperi, VIS Albania

Typology of activities
  • Participation in stakeholders' meetings, public hearings
Main objective
  • Promote the network Essedra
  • 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 10 farmers of Lumth Commune (Lushnje), Mr. Dritan Kolleshi (ESSEDRA project expert) and Mrs. Katia Zene (staff VIS Albania) participating in the meeting. The participants were members of MyzeqejaFarm Association. It is an association specialized in collecting the raw milk of all the members. They have a collecting centre equipped with proper means for collecting and conserving the milk until it was sent to a contracted fabric (Lufra), which then packages it and also produces yogurt, butter and cheese. Also, the farmers cultivated mostly vegetables in greenhouses and corn. The association owned a cowshed and 20 cows (Holstein and Jersey). MyzeqejaFarm has only some years of life, but the farmers used to sell separately their milk to contracted fabrics earlier than the foundation of the association.
The meeting started with a presentation of the ESSEDRA project by K. Zene and the reason of this meeting. Then, the expert talked mainly about the EU production standards and how these requirements will be soon approved and required in Albania and the Albanian farmers, as small-scale producers, will have to adapt their production chain to these new requirements and standards. The farmers were satisfied with their activity because they had a contract for selling the milk to one of the biggest fabrics in Albania and as long as they collected qualitative milk – that is not less than 4.4% of fat and no added water or other strange substances – they were guaranteed that the selling would continue. The vegetables cultivated in greenhouses were sold in the wholesale market in Lushnje and to wholesale merchants from Macedonia, Serbia and Italy. The second part of the meeting was focussed 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