The export of fish and seafood is quadrupling, compared to 2013. Prime Minister Edi Rama published images from the work of the Rozafa fishing fleet in the Adriatic Sea. He assessed the growth of the fisheries sector in Albania as impressive, and according to him, this is thanks to the supportive policies of the government. Exports of fish and seafood are quadrupling, compared to 2013. Only during 2019 the value of Albanian fish exports reached 100 million euros. A further increase of 24.5% was recorded during the first half of this year, the Prime Minister announced.
Rama informed that for 6 years fishermen have been receiving oil without taxes, while nets and other fishing materials have been exempted from VAT. “With the program of support from applications in the European Union, we will make available to this sector a fund of 1.5 million euros to subsidize 50% of the costs for the renovation of all equipment for fishing vessels,” said the Prime Minister.
From a country where fishing was in primitive conditions and offshore fishermen, without any support from the state, Rama further said, today we have a fishing industry with an excellent growth perspective. While the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Blendi Çuçi, who closely followed the work of the fishing fleet Rozafa, in the Adriatic Sea during one night, assured the continuation of the support of this sector by the government.
Our policies in these 6 years have led the fishing sector to an advanced stage. “Fish exports have increased by 3.25 times,” said the minister. Today the oil was 400 lek / liter, when in 2013 it was 1,700 lek / liter. The Minister informed that the government has also decided to make zero VAT on fishing equipment.