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Albania and Germany cooperate to help farmers of Petrela with agriculture machinery

The municipality of Tirana continues its concrete support for farmers and the development of rural areas with grants that help increase agricultural production.

Twenty-three farmers of Petrela benefited from the “Mini-Grant in the form of agricultural machinery” program, which is a cooperation between the Municipality of Tirana and the German organization “Help”.

During the meeting with the local farmers of the area, where the Ambassador of Germany in Tirana Karl Bergner also participated, Mayor Erion Veliaj said that the project aims to improve the economic sustainability of farms and small rural businesses.

“I am delighted that today we give these gifts to 23 farmer families, which are actually work tools for them, starting from honey centrifuges to olive shakers, pruners, plows, etc. It is the best gift we could give rather than speeches or ceremonies, because this gift will continue to yield other gifts, as it will produce more employment, economy and welfare. We are 25% shareholders in this process. This means that we no longer just say ‘give it to me’, but we also contribute as much as we can. The rest was donated by donors, and since they are three times more contributors than us, I am three times more grateful to the German ambassador and colleagues who helped,” said Veliaj.

He also took the opportunity to call for the consumption of as many local products as possible and especially their marketing.

“Not only for patriotism, but also for economic effect, many of the restaurants, shops, supermarkets will have to understand the value of the ‘Made in Albania’ or ‘Made in Tirana’ product. What often happens is that foreign delegations come and the first question they ask is: “Do you have local products?”, said Veliaj.

On his part, the German ambassador in Tirana Karl Bergner said that only through such joint projects do benefit those who need these means the most.