Agriculture is a hot topic of political debate as half of the population works in the sector. The new territorial division with 61 units redefines urban-rural borders creating a broad, comprehensive vision, rather than a fragmented one. How efficient will the agricultural programs turn out to be?
For the first time, candidates for the Greater Tirana Municipality exclusively present for agroweb their new program for agricultural development.
Our main priority will be the integration of the entire territory of the Municipality into a single market economy that will offer opportunities for economic development and welfare of the citizens. Accomplishing this goal requires first the development of transport infrastructure, economic and information.
The development of the plan for the economic development of the extra urban territory of the Municipality requires a specialized study, which includes the economic and demographic development, social development and land management. The implementation of this comprehensive plan will begin with the launch of the mandate.
In the absence of this plan, the main measures we have planned are:
Our main priority - the integration of the territory of the Municipality into a single market economy that will offer opportunities for economic development and welfare of the citizens.
Investments in road infrastructures between inhabited centers and the city of Tirana.
Expansion in the first two years of public transportation service throughout the territory of the Municipality,
Within the first two years, we will start the construction of the two municipal centers for the collection of agricultural products and supplementing them with refrigerating capacity within four years.
Rural public markets in Tirana will reserve 30 percent of the space for the Municipality of Tirana products. The trading system with be alternated on different days based on origin/village/farm/ product.
Prohibiting the sale of agricultural and livestock products in unauthorized public spaces, including sidewalks and streets of the city.
Creating the agricultural cadaster, where will be registered all the agricultural parcels, as well as multi-year and seasonal crops.
Creating livestock databases, where files will be recorded and kept for livestock.
Creating an electronic platform for the exchange of information on agricultural and livestock products that will provide data on the respective producers, quantities and prices.
Reorganization of the system of agronomic and veterinary assistance will include an increased number of specialists, improving their responsibilities, continuous training, and introduction of information technology in the provision and coordination of services at any time, in all the territory.
Tailor made interventions
a) Improved management of irrigation-drainage infrastructure
Collection of the fee Hall (500 ALL / season / acres) of any user of the irrigation system and will also provide the maintenance and operation of the existing network of irrigation channels.
Maintenance of secondary and tertiary drainage network.
About 300 thousand euros will be invested per year in afforestation. 500 new acres will be forested. 200 hectares of grassland will be improved.
Under the direction of Halim Kosova as Mayor, Tirana will be run according to a comprehensive vision, based on the “one city-one standard” principle in all of fields which are under the jurisdiction of the Municipality, for the municipality’s urban and rural territory. One Deputy-Mayor of the Municipality will be dedicated solely to the rural and agricultural potentials and issues. All territory plans will be integrated in a unique development plan, according to the “unblock-activate-integrate” mechanism, unblocking of the potentials of the geographic corridors by valuing undervalued assets and integrating everything in a unique transportation network where consumers can come closer to the providers of touristic and agricultural and rural services.
The Municipality of Tirana will be run according to a comprehensive vision, based on the “one city-one standard” principle in all fields under the jurisdiction.
Administrative procedures and taxes will become easier for farmers, by offering at the same time trainings and certifications for them, to further promote agro-tourism. Including farmers for the first time in the financial scheme of the Tirana Municipality (approximately 15 million Euros) will be an important incentive to empower this dynamic in support of employment throughout the territory. The Municipality will apply a transparent and balanced fiscal policy for the territories which have different economic level.
The Municipality will support trading of local products through a quality promotion, thanks to the creation of distribution centers throughout the country, movable markets, or local markets for farmers grouped based on their areas, by increasing hygiene standards and empowering their traditional character as a touristic destination. An innovation will be the support in promotion and purchasing of local agricultural products from the networks of restaurants or public and private canteens (kindergartens etc) by directly supporting the development of local economy.
The new Municipality of Tirana will offer offices and a professional staff at the service and close to the rural families, farmers and businesses, not forgetting the schools and the health centers which will always be based on the “a city-a standard” principle. The Municipal administration will offer free judicial support for the citizens who have problems with their properties, by stimulating especially the construction permits for agricultural and agro-tourism activities. All main streets which connect villages with the cities will be paved, just like the centers of the villages will be lighted and integrated with the unique network of collection of city waste. Investments will focus also on the rehabilitation of the irrigation system of agricultural land as a crucial element for rural economy.
Farmers living and working in the villages near Tirana are geographically advantaged, being very close to the city, yet they face numerous difficulties with production efficiency and market access. Agricultural land is fragmented in small plots and the lack of appropriate orienting structures and information makes it difficult for farmers, who usually take uninformed decisions. The lack of distribution centers and transporting infrastructure considerably increases product costs, while the fragmentation of the parcels makes it impossible for the farmers to benefit from the agronomy and veterinary services offered. This directly affects yield quality. An even bigger problem is the lack of maintenance for approximately 20 years of the irrigation and drainage systems which impedes the production process.
We are committed to develop and modernize rural economy by guaranteeing production infrastructure and market opportunities for farmers and quality products for the consumers.
Develop and modernize rural economy by guaranteeing production infrastructure and market opportunities for farmers and at the same time quality products for the consumers.
- Redefining the geographical distribution and organization of the markets;
- Defining the areas which will have fixed, long term markets and others which will have short term and daily markets;
- Complying with “0 km” policy, aiming to define the specific positioning of the markets, close to the production areas;
- An action plan for the activation of the drainage and irrigation system in the Tirana Municipality territory;
- Coordination and mediation in rural economy to reduce agricultural land fragmentation and increase productivity ;
- Creation of the Veterinary and Agronomy Center in the Municipality of Tirana to help and orient farmers;
- Creation of the Center for Rural Areas Counseling and Support to offer technical assistance and grants for the farmers;
- Building distribution centers for agricultural and dairy products through the schemes of Public-Private Partnerships;
- We offer incentives for farmers and agribusinesses to develop agriculture.
Editorial Note: Candidates have been listed according to alphabetical order, based on the first letter of their last name.
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