Meeting with farmers of various communes of Gramsh

Commune of Pishaj, Gramsh

Albania

23-09-2014

Partners

Vullnetarizmi Nderkombetar Per Zhvillim Ne Shquiperi, VIS Albania

Typology of activities
  • Campaign
Main objective
  • Promote the themes of Essedra
  • Promote the high quality small-scale local productions
  • 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 coming from different communes of Gramsh (Communes of Kukur, Pishaj and Shen Mrize), Mr. Dritan Kolleshi (ESSEDRA project expert) and Mrs. Katia Zene (staff VIS Albania) participating in the meeting. The farmers were members of Sh.B.B. “Bio Holta”. They cultivated different varieties of grapes and produced vine and brandy. Also, the farmers cultivated medicinal herbs, such as lavender and spices. An important fact is that the products of this Sh.B.B. were certified by an accredited institution (AlbInspect), such as the red and white wine certified as “Organic” and the medicinal herbs certified as “Bio” and exported in Austria. The society collaborates with and gets support from other organizations and institutions, such as Regional Directorate of Agriculture in Elbasan, Institute of Biological Agriculture, University of Agriculture, Albanian Association of Wine Producers, etc. The meeting started with the presentation of the Sh.B.B. by its president Mr. Shefqet Hysa and the presentation of the participants. Then, K. Zene introduced the ESSEDRA project in Balkans and in Albania. During the meeting, the expert 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 said that they are already taking in consideration the new European standards, as they have already their own label for each product. They said they fulfill the requirements of producing and packaging and they have spent a lot for this, but, they lack promotion. They cannot sell their products with the price they want because they are concurred by informal producers. The Albanian consumer is not ready yet to distinguish between the good and bad product and does not know the importance and the significance of the certification. The second part of the meeting was focussed on the Ark of Taste products. By filling the first nomination forms of Ark of Taste, the farmers said that beside foreign ones, there were autochthonous grape varieties cultivated in this region, such as Sheshi i Zi, Sheshi i Bardhe and Griba (named after village of Griba). The wine and brandy prepared by these varieties is very qualitative and largely consumed during all the year in this region.

Targets
  • Producers

Organised by: VIS Albania

Referent: VIS Albania