On June 22, 2021, European Movement in Albania (EMA), the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development in partnership with the Slovak Foreign Policy Association and with the financial support of SlovakAid organized the last session of Working Group III – Agriculture and Rural Development. The focus of this activity was on the establishment, organization and operation of the Farm Accountancy Data Network (FADN) and best practices from Slovakia.
Florian Xhafa, Member of the Board of Directors of EMA discussed about the relevance of this topic in our country, the actors involved and the structures that need to be established. He assessed that a reconceptualization of the current law should be considered in order to achieve efficient results. Xhafa emphasized the fact that Albania has a lot to learn from the practices of other countries starting from policy drafting, law amendments and the establishment of an effective and applicable system. He added that our country can extend the benefits from the IPARD program only by meeting these objectives and criteria.
Lauresha Grezda, Director at the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development stated that FADN was part of the recommendations in the report of the EU Commission for our country and that the work for the formation of this system has begun. Grezda mentioned the drafting of two main documents where the first one has to do with the Strategy of Agriculture, Rural Development and Fisheries. The second document relates to IPARD III and is in the consultation phase regarding sectorial studies. She concluded by emphasizing the importance of the Slovak experience and appreciating the organization of these roundtables assessed as beneficiary for the increase of capacities.
Frantisek Huska, from FADN Slovakia explained the data collection and analyzing steps, emphasizing that the process is monitored closely by the Ministry of Agriculture in Slovakia. Moreover, Huska clarified how FADN works, informing the FADN has a selection plan in which the stratification of farms is done according to the type and economic class. The process starts by contacting interested farmers, or the ones that have previous cooperation agreements, to complete a questionnaire. The data collected can be general information about land, livestock, production, etc. This data is reported to the FADN database by farmers for further checks and verifications. In case of accurate reporting, farmers receive a payment and the data is transferred to DG-AGRI RICA 1 software. At the end of his presentation, Huska provided some specific instructions for Albania.
Open Discussion: Numerous questions were raised on how to reorganize the structures in our country, and the establishment of a national committee regarding this issue. Particular attention was paid to the dilemma of whether the data collected for statistics should be shared with fiscal authorities. In order for FADN to gather accurate information farmers are ensured that their data will not be part of the fiscal system. On the other hand, FADN can compare its own statistics with the data that fiscal authorities have.
You can find the full activity here: Set up, organization and functioning of the Farm Accountancy Data Network (FADN) System