TIRANA, August 26
It seems that Albanians have lowered the consumption of bread and corn in the first half of 2019. The official data by the Ministry of Agriculture show a significant decrease in imports of grains in Albania. During the period January-June 2019, the import of grains, wheat and rye has decreased by 9.8%, where there were imported 94.700 tones, compared to 113.900 tones that were imported in the same period of last year.
Also, a decrease has registered the import of corn, where during the period January-June 2019, were imported 48.700 tones, from 49.900 tones that were imported in the first half of 2018. In total, our country has imported Lek4.1 billion grains during the first 6 months of this year. This data shows a decrease in the consumption of bread in Albania, because the grains produced in the country, are used for either farming or household consumption.
According to the report by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), it is concluded that the consumption of wheat in Albania is covered by the imports. Main partners where Albania is based on the purchase of grains, wheat and rye are Russia and Serbia. Albania imports on average 260.000-300.000 tones of grains per year, 49% of which comes from Russia and 28% from Serbia.
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