10th anniversary of OAA
More than 100 participants, members of
Organic Agriculture Association (OAA) and other stakeholders
of organic movement of Albania came together on 15th
October 2007 at Tirana International hotel to celebrate the
10th anniversary of OAA. The prefecture of Tirana
Mr. Ruzhdi Keēi, also, joined the participants in the
The special thing of the event was that
the wine and food was organic and fully supplied by OAA
The annual general assembly
On 15th October 2007 was
held the annual general assembly of OAA.
In this meeting OAA executive director,
Mr. lavdosh Ferruni presented the report for 2006-2007. It
was also presented the internal financial auditing report.
The general assembly elected the new board. In the new board
there are now: Dr. Zyhdi Pepa; Prof. Petraq Sotiri, Profesor
Vjollca Ibro, Profesor Sokrat Jani, Dr. Liri Sila (organic
farmer), Dr. Xhevahire Dulja, Mrs. Monika Spahivogli
(organic retailer and chief editor of OAA magazine
“Agriculture and Ecology”).
OAA participated in the workshops organized
in Venezia on
12 & 13 September
framework of BIOADRIA projects’ activities (Interreg 3
programme), Organic Agriculture Association OAA participated
in the workshops organized in Venezia on 12 & 13 September
and in Trade Fair SANA 2007 in Bologna, (14- 16
participated on this fair with some certified organic
products from Albanian producers, like “Shkalla” organic
olive oil, ėinner of BIOL prize 2006, “Musaj” organic olive
oil certified by ICEA, “Enisa” organic wine certified by OAA
standards of Organic Agriculture. There were disseminated
also some publications of OAA.
OAA Press Conference 29 November
OAA Press Conference 29
Tirane 29 november 2006- Ministry of
Agriculture, Food and Consumers’ Protection has recently approved an
action plan for development of organic agriculture in Albania, based
also on the Albanian law for “Organic Production”.
Association (OAA) congratulates this initiative of the
Ministry of Agriculture and simultaneously presents its
commitment for making it more functional.
So, OAA has a signed
a memorandum of understanding with Italian consortium for
certification ICEA (Institute for Certification and
Environmental Ethics), well-known not only in EU, but also
in US and many other countries worldwide.
ICEA in collaboration
with OAA will provide to Albanian companies easier
procedures and favorable costs for BIO international
certification. It has been already provided bio
certification for 2 Albanian companies respectively for
organic olive oil and medicinal herbs and essential oils.
The requests for bio-certification of some other companies
are in submission. Further OAA will be facilitated by ICEA
in the process of inspection of local organic farms and
cooperatives in order to provide independent inspection
according to organic law of Albania. OAA has started the
process of organic certification for local farms, based on
its own standards, compatible with EU and IFOAM standards,
since 2003. There are already more than 30 farmers and
processors certified “organic”
OAA is worried that
the Government, particularly Ministry of Environment is
moving very slowly in formulation and approval of the law
for GMOs. This is big dangerous, since Albania might becomes
a country of application of dangerous GMOs either in
experimental cultivation or food chain.
Due to the fact that
Albania does not have a GMO law it is quite likely that
Albanian market is contaminated by unapproved for
consumption GMO rise, LL601, which is already evidenced in
the markets of many countries worldwide. But meanwhile this
illegal rice is removed or removing from the markets
elsewhere, like in Greece recently, in Albania it is quite
likely to be easily supplied such illegal rice or other GMOs,
due to lack of any commitment from the Government.