Export of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants Increased

Export of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants Increased

TIRANA, October 27

Medicinal and aromatic plants make the most important line for Albanian exports. Currently, the revenue generated from the exports of medicinal plants are estimated Euro 27-28 million. The sector of medicinal and aromatic plants generates incomes for thousands of families involved in their cultivation, collection, and storage. According to the recent statistics provided by the Ministry of Agriculture, there are over 100,000 families working in this sector.

Albania is rich in native plants. About 15 percent of the 360 species of spices, medicinal and aromatic plants that are found in the country are native.

In order to increase the competitiveness of these products, USAID in cooperation with its local partner AAC-Lushnja, is implementing several pieces of training on the best practices for production, collection, and preservation. Moreover, they are supporting some producers to get BIO certification and improve the quality and number of medicinal plants that are cultivated for commercial purposes. Hence, the Sage Day event was held in Koplik area by USAID in cooperation with AAC-Lushnja, and Malesi e Madhe. The goal of the event was to promote the cultivation of medicinal plants among the people of the area.

News Source: ATA

Photo Credit: AAC-Lushnja

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