The facilities available to the Macedonian products offered by the Albanian state, and their fast arrival to the consumer at a lower cost, has caused our farmers and cattlemen to be faced with competition, to throw away their surpluses of goods and go bankrupt. The high price of oil, pesticides, seeds and fertilizers applied by the Albanian government have contributed to the increase of costs and bankruptcy in the face of Macedonian goods.
Edi Rama brags that he was the man who settled the crisis in Macedonia since he influenced the Albanian factor to sit down for talks and get involved in ZoranZaev’s pro-European coalition.
Perhaps in the regional and international arena there are such positive appreciations to the Albanian Prime Minister and we accept such a contribution and join with all the positive things mentioned in the name of Albania and Albanians.
But as always, “the sting is in the tail,” as this strong Albania investment to calm North Macedonia is being translated as an economic burden for Albanians.
More specifically, Edi Rama entered into an agreement with the Macedonian Prime Minister ZoranZaev on providing facilities for goods entering Albania from North Macedonia.
Our northeastern neighbor managed to “thrust ahead” Albania through food products, from fruits and vegetables to all kinds of meat, dominating the Albanian market.
The quality level, the well-organized Macedonian infrastructure, the sponsorship from the state for the products and the facilities that the Albanian government has provided for Macedonian products, made them reach the Albanian consumers faster and at a lower cost.
This has caused the Albanian farmers and cattlemen to face a “cut-throat” competition in front of Macedonian products entering the market at a lower cost and consequently dominating all Albanian markets.
The cost for Albanian products is very high, starting from oil to seeds, pesticides and chemical fertilizers, which weight on the final cost and consequently have the same price of the cost, bringing thus surpluses.
This has caused the Macedonian goods to dominate the Albanian markets, while the Albanian products remain unsold and therefore be thrown away.
There have been cases of landfills of apples, cherries, plums, onions, potatoes, tomatoes, water melons and cucumbers, which have remained surpluses in the production site not only because of the high cost but also due to lack of the collection and distribution network.
The situation with the animal products is just the same, starting from mil to meat. Rama’s agreement on the facilities with Zaev destroyed the Albanian farmer and cattleman./Pamfleti