TIRANA, July 21
The strategies in agricultural development that have been implemented during the last years in Albania were the focus of the meeting of Minister of Agriculture Edmond Panariti and the German Minister of Environment, Stefan Wenzel. A group of German specialists and members of nongovernmental organizations specialized on environment protection and aquaculture visited Albania on Wednesday.
Minister Panariti made a general presentation on the current situation and the perspective of the agriculture sector. Moreover, he asked for German support in the sector of aquaculture, especially for monitoring residues in seafood, scientific research, and water administration.
According to Panariti, one of the issues that require immediate attention is related to the management and prevention of new infectious diseases that emerged during the recent years due to climate change.
“We demand more German investments in the agriculture sector,” Panariti said.
Further on, he highlighted the increased importance of this sector and its role in reducing unemployment.
On his part, German Minister Stefan Wenzel said that the development of Albanian agriculture is now tangible. He stated that products labelled ‘Made in Albania’ are now present in the European markets. This means that they meet the safety and quality standards required by this market.
Wenzel assured Minister Panariti that he and his staff would take into consideration the opportunities for supporting agriculture development in Albania. Given that now the country is expected to meet the standards set by the European Union (EU) for the procedure on mussels export, Minister Wenzel guaranteed support concerning the monitoring of residues in seafood and offered the German assistance for this process.
Both ministers praised the progress of joint projects financed by the EU and they identified specific sectors for further cooperation with the German government.
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