While many Albanian growers complain that their products are being sold below cost, retail centres seem to be fully stocked with by imported products. According to official data from INSTAT, during the 8th month of 2022, an unusual increase in the import of greens was observed in quantity by 45.6% compared to the same period a year ago.
During January-August, 30.000 tons of greens were imported into the country, from 20.000 tons in the same period of 2021. On the other hand, exports of vegetables in quantity increased only 1% in 8 months. According to INSTAT, exports of vegetables reached 105.000 tons in January-August 2021, from 98.5000 tons that were in this time period of 2021.
Exports in quantity of greens were in place, while the galloping growth of imports indicates a gap in production. Retail stalls are full of imported products, especially seasonal products such as green salad, carrots, cabbage, pumpkins, potatoes, broccoli, etc.
In the last two years, farmers' complaints have increased regarding high costs and labor shortages. Albanian agriculture has the lowest budget support compared to other countries in the region, so Albanian products are becoming less and less competitive.