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Albanian agriculturalists issue six demands over 2022 Fiscal Plan

Farmers in Lushnje, central Albania, have been protesting the proposed tax packages to be implemented next year. Dozens of farmers from the surrounding area marched down the city’s main boulevard towards the town hall. Protesters are demanding direct subsidies to the farmer of not less than 10 ALL (€0,08) per kilogram. Additionally, exporters ask for subsidies of 3ALL per kilogram to be paid directly to them by the customs directorate without additional bureaucracy.

Farmers also ask the government to equate sales VAT with purchase VAT,  while demanding that the proposed 10% VAT increase on agricultural inputs be suspended. Among their demands, there is a request to the state to implement quality control measures, and set up laboratories that are open to all. Finally, they want laws to distinguish between those farmers who do and do not pay their tax bills on time.

In 2020, almost 20% of Albania’s GDP came from agriculture. Furthermore, for many agricultural activities are the only source of sustenance and income. Despite this, farmers have long complained of excessive bureaucracy and a lack of governmental support for streamlining the sector and making it more profitable.


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