by AgroWeb on March 9, 2016

How the Greek Crisis affects Albanians

Whatever happens to Greece, doesn’t stay in Greece. Like it or not Greece crisis proved to be a domino with ripple effects on the Albanian economy. We didn’t go through the economic abyss as many feared, but we sure did feel the drowning effects in terms of remittances, Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) and trade balance. The Greek crisis hit hardest the economic sectors where migrants ...

by AgroWeb on March 18, 2016

Planting Watermelons - The Albanian Export Champion

It’s summer time. Mid July and temperatures soar enough to melt roads. The heat is unbearable. You feel thirsty but water will not quench your thirst. Watermelon is what you want with its tasty, juicy vibrant ruby red pulp. In the market, an avid salesman tells you that the watermelon is fresh, claiming it grew in local farms in the popular Lushnja district. The bargaining goes on as he ...

by AgroWeb on March 17, 2016

SARED to Further Finance Albanian Agribusinesses

Money does not grow on trees, but trees do not grow if money is poured on them. Money should be invested. There is a need for farms, tractors, technology equipment and many other goods to ensure value for one’s money. Things are expensive, but we have good news for farmers. AgroWeb shows you the money trail Farmers can get their hands on Grants from National Schemes that have just been ...

by AgroWeb on March 16, 2016

Modern Day Eggs - Feeling Complicated

There’s a good story about Dante Alighieri’s excellent memory. He used to sit on a rock while watching the construction of Florence’s Duomo when, one day he was asked by a fellow citizen what food he liked the most. Dante’s immediate reply was “Eggs”. One year later, the same citizen found Dante and tried to test poet’s memory by asking him: “How?&...

by AgroWeb on March 11, 2016

Albanian Agriculture exports reach new highs

Agriculture has been living up to its reputation, becoming a bright spot for Albania’s economy. While all exports fell 7.8 percent in 2015 agriculture outperformed herself. In 2015 the amount of exports reached the value of ALL 4.4 billion (4 million USD Dollars), about twice more than last year ALL 2.9 billion in 2014 (2 million Dollars).  The vegetables have given an impetus to ...

by AgroWeb on March 7, 2016

Bee Extinction Threatens Food Supply

“If bees disappeared off the face of the Earth, man would only have four years left to live.” This quote is usually attributed to Albert Einstein. Scientists have no doubt about the grim fate of humanity if bees would die. Until now alarming losses of bee colonies have been described as a ‘silent catastrophe.” In the 2000s, experts noted a significant reduction of beehives ...

by AgroWeb on March 16, 2016

How to spot a fresh egg

    Quality check is a daily occurrence for consumers worldwide, especially when it comes for daily products such as eggs. Below you will find some practical tips to help you check the quality and freshness of these products and verify the claims of zealous vendors. Inside an egg (at the rounded end) is a small air pocket that is barely noticeable when it has just been laid. But as ...

by AgroWeb on February 24, 2016

The Albanian Milk Boom

A recent Italian study on milk consumption nationwide described Albania as a Milk Democracy, referring to the high consumption of milk before and after the 90s. The study ranks Albania in the fourth spot among all other world countries for milk consumption per capita. According to the study, if these figures on milk would be an accurate indicator of democracy then the “milk democracy&rdquo...

by AgroWeb on March 2, 2016

Toys for Filters - The Evil is Back on Air

Jugohrom is Tetovo’s massive air polluter. The factory of evil will open its doors as if it did not cause enough damage to residents of Tetovo. Last year, citizens of Tetovo took to the streets against the pollution caused by the factory, which helped rank Tetovo as the most polluted city in the world. Protests peaked in December while the steel factory was shut down until March 1st. “...

by AgroWeb on March 3, 2016

Welcome to Agrocon - The biggest greenhouse in Albania unveiled

Imagine a football pitch. Now imagine that same space multiplied by 30. What do you get? The biggest greenhouse in Albania; large enough to house thirty real football pitches. While workers hurry up putting their final touches to Albania’s largest greenhouse- a huge construction in Krutje, Lushnje, the finest produce grows under the early spring sun. By the time the site is fully completed...

by AgroWeb on March 4, 2016

Strawberry: Flavored cash for Albanian farmers

Strawberry farming can make your zeros in your bank account increase greatly. Selling more than 250 kilos per week at a price of 220 ALL ($2) make you earn more than 55.000 AL per week. And this is for less than 1 hectare. In season a farmer with more than 2 ha would make over 20.00 to 40.000 thousand USD. Let’s go to Kafaraj, in Fier, where the strawberry business is flourishing at a pace...

by AgroWeb on February 23, 2016

How the Western Balkans can catch up

“Now is the time to invest in our not so perfect region. By the time it’s perfect, it might be too late". With these words Albania’s PM Edi Rama, urged foreign investors to see the region and particularly Albania as a country with untapped potential which offers many opportunities that other “perfect” countries might not. Present at the Western Balkans Investment...

by AgroWeb on February 24, 2016

The Albanian Milk Boom

A recent Italian study on milk consumption nationwide described Albania as a Milk Democracy, referring to the high consumption of milk before and after the 90s. The study ranks Albania in the fourth spot among all other world countries for milk consumption per capita. According to the study, if these figures on milk would be an accurate indicator of democracy then the “milk democracy&rdquo...

by AgroWeb on February 12, 2016

Farmers smell success in Malësi e Madhe

Heading northward from the city of Shkodër, between the lake and the mountain, the Koplik village with red lands and calcareous rocks has a reputation far beyond its humble size. The medicinal herbs that spontaneously grow in this land stuck in between mountains, know how to make the most of it. In the small village in Malësi e Madhe, beside the strong smell of sage and lavender you can ...

by AgroWeb on February 15, 2016

Albanian Farmers to Receive USD 15 Million

Albanian farmers are faced with a lot of challenges every day; however in 2015 they were hit by floods and hotter weather as damages to livestock or crops have been enormous. The truth is farmers need a hand while they look up to the state. The government of Albania recently approved a decision for grants and crediting for investments in agriculture. The details have not been published yet, ...

by AgroWeb on November 17, 2016

Basking in the success of goat farming

Life starts early for Fabian Demi. It’s 5.50 am and he wakes up by the alarm clock drilling him into consciousness. That is probably the worst part of being a goat farmer. After a quick coffee and a glass of goat milk, it only takes few minutes to walk down the yard to the farm building, a commute many people would be envious of. The next three hours are probably the busiest of the day for ...

by AgroWeb on September 13, 2016

Who is Albania’s main wheat supplier?

Balkan regional countries have witnessed and experienced some strong hits stemming from both trade wars and agreements such as CEFTA (the Central European Free Trade Agreement). These hits have resulted in huge shocks to the joint dream of a Balkans Shengen area. Trade exchanges between Balkan countries have experienced a slight improvement, but the fact is that not all countries have equally ...

by AgroWeb on February 10, 2016

Public debt: Albania tightens its belt

National debt is like a toothache. It is best not to have one, but if you have got one, it is next best to get rid of it as soon as you can. Albania is struggling with a root canal with the public debt reaching a new record of 72.2 % of GDP. The weight of public debt for every Albanian has grown to 4.4%, compared to last year going from 358.860 Al (2,566.57 Euro) to 374.800 AL (2.679.46 Euro) and...

by AgroWeb on January 14, 2016

This is what makes Albania richer

When ships arrive at Durres port after their seven-week voyage from Asia, they are laden with fridges, furniture, food and shoes. On the return journey, 60% of the containers that pass through the nation’s main sea-trade artery are empty. On the international trade Albania remains an export pygmy and an import little giant resulting in a negative balance of trade. Albania’s biggest ...

by AgroWeb on February 2, 2016

AgroMarketing - Strategies to Succeed

    Despite positive trends in the last decade, and its great agriculture resources, agro-processing firms do not meet domestic market needs for food. As a result Albania is a net importer of food. According to Ministry of Agriculture official statistics, Coverage of exports to imports is rather low; Albanian imports of agricultural products are 5 times higher than the exports. Data ...