Rama in front of the farmers: This is why we removed the refund with 6%
In the presentation of the 2022 Budget, in front of the farmers, Prime Minister Rama has clarified the abolition of the refund with 6%. This meeting comes after the protests of farmers in Lushnje, for the same reason.
"I am grateful to those who came to Dibra, or from the southern part of the country. I want to touch on some elements without going into all that the minister put forward. I want to start from the element that has created the confusion of the budget approval threshold, materialized in some protests which are legitimate. But for which I believe those who have participated to a large extent are misinformed. What actually happened. It is simple in figures. Why did we decide to remove that 6% refund and what would we do with that amount of money that was used for it. These are necessary to understand that it is a step forward and not a step back. By establishing that 6% reimbursement scheme, we aimed to bring the money of the farmer, in relation to the accumulated production, through the use of the logistical capacity of the collectors.
Given that at this stage, in these years the collection system has benefited from the support of the government, from ARDA, and given that collectors are a market force, I believe that collectors will understand what I am saying. Not only are we not against them, but we have done our best to support them. The amount that in the end turned out to be about 9 million dollars, to be transferred directly to the agriculture budget and instead of being spent through a non-transparent and unclear reimbursement system, where the dominant part of these is controlled by collectors, to go to the budget , given to the budget of the Ministry of Agriculture. A sector, which during a year reaches the figure of 3.5 billion as can be impacted by only 9 million. I'm talking about $ 3.5 billion. With these 9 million we can do a lot by adding to the amount of agricultural financing,