The Knowledge and Innovation System in Agriculture, AKIS is organized for the first time in Albania. In Focus Agencies of Agricultural Extension
The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, with the support of GIZ and the EU funded IPESA project, organized for the first time the Forum on “Knowledge and Innovation System in Agriculture (AKIS)”. Present was Deputy Minister Mr. Dhoom Kote; European Commission Advisory Board for Agriculture and Rural Development (EUFRAS), Mr. Tom Kelly, Rector of Agricultural University of Tirana, Bahri Musabelliu etc. AKIS in Albania is a necessity and a challenge at the same time. There are many AKIS actors in our country, but the level of cooperation between them is not enough and does not respond to the challenges that Albanian farmers are facing today.
Deputy Minister Dhimo Kote during his speech spoke of a greater engagement of Agricultural Extension Agencies as one of the main actors of AKIS.
“In the framework of this project we believe that we will be able to make a transformation of Agricultural Extension Agencies as one of the main actors of AKIS in Albania. To further consolidate the development of this sector and to become increasingly competitive in international markets, we need to create farmers’ access to Knowledge and Innovation Systems in Agriculture. We need to change the structure for further training of people working in these agencies and for a strategic action plan, “said Kote.
A modern and functional advisory service will help our farmers better manage their business, increase production, increase quality, be more competitive and thus provide more revenue.
In 2018, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MAFRD) undertook a substantial reform to improve the public advisory service in Albania. The reform, with the creation of 4 new Regional Agricultural Extension Agencies (AREBs), aiming to respond, in the most efficient way, to the needs of a continuously growing sector.
The creation of AREBs improves the focus on advisory services and aims at increasing interaction with Agricultural Technology Transfer Centers (QTTB) by providing a quality service to farmers and other stakeholders.
News Source: Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development