Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (Albania)

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (Albanian: Ministria e Bujqësisë dhe Zhvillimit Rural) is a department of the Albanian Government in charge of regulation of the economic activity in the agricultural sector of the country with a purpose of increasing the sector's production capacity.

Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development
Ministria e Bujqësisë, Zhvillimit Rural dhe Administrimit të Ujërave
Ministria e Bujqësisë dhe Zhvillimit Rural.svg
Department overview
Formed4 December 1912[1]
JurisdictionGovernment of Albania
HeadquartersTirana, Albania
Minister responsible
  • Bledi Çuçi
WebsiteOfficial Website

The ministry is responsible for agriculture, rural development, food safety and consumer protection, fisheries and aquaculture, and waters administration.[2] It was formed as the Ministry of Agriculture within the special cabinet created on December 4, 1912, right after the Declaration of Independence, with the first minister Pandeli Cale.[1]

HistoryEdit

Since the establishment of the institution, the Ministry of Agriculture has been reorganized by joining other departments or merging with other ministries, thus making its name change several times. This list reflects the changes made since 1992:

  • Ministry of Agriculture (Ministria e Bujqësisë) from 1992 to 1993
  • Ministry of Agriculture and Food (Ministria e Bujqësisë dhe Ushqimit) from 1993 to 1998
  • Ministry of Agriculture (Ministria e Bujqësisë) from 1998 to 2001
  • Ministry of Agriculture and Food (Ministria e Bujqësisë dhe Ushqimit) from 2001 to 2005
  • Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Consumer Protection (Ministria e Bujqësisë, Ushqimit dhe Mbrojtjes së Konsumatorit) from 2005 to 2009
  • Ministry of Agriculture (Ministria e Bujqësisë) from 2009 to 2013
  • Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and Water Administration (Ministria e Bujqësisë, Zhvillimit Rural dhe Administrimit të Ujrave) from 2013 to 2017
  • Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (Ministria e Bujqësisë dhe Zhvillimit Rural) from 2017 – current

Subordinate institutionsEdit

  • Agriculture Directorates (13)
  • Directorate of Agricultural Production and Trade Policies
  • Directorates of Irrigation and Drainage (4)
  • Transfer Centers of Agriculture Technologies (QTTB)
  • National Food Authority (AKU)
  • Agency for Rural Agricultural Development (AZHBR)
  • Institute of Veterinary and Food Safety (ISUV)
  • Directorate of Fishery Service and Aquaculture
  • National Tobacco Agency
  • State Entity of Seeds and Saplings
  • Institute of Technological Research
  • State Water Inspectorate
  • Agency for the Development of Mountainous Regions
  • Regional Environmental Agencies
  • Water Basin Agencies (6)

Officeholders (1912–present)Edit

No. Name
Term in office
1 Pandeli Cale 4 December 1912 20 May 1914
2 Aziz Vrioni 20 May 1914 3 September 1914
3 Abdi Toptani 3 September 1914 25 December 1914
4 Ferid Vokopola 26 October 1927 16 January 1929
5 Musa Juka 16 January 1929 6 March 1930
6 Mehdi Frashëri 6 March 1930 29 August 1931
7 Seit Toptani 29 August 1931 11 January 1933
8 Pandeli Evangjeli 11 January 1933 15 June 1936
9 Musa Juka 15 June 1936 9 September 1936
10 Dhimitër Berati 9 September 1936 28 December 1936
11 Kristaq Kota 28 December 1936 23 March 1937
12 Lorenc Toçi 23 March 1937 1 June 1938
13 Rrok Gera 1 June 1938 5 April 1939
14 Andon Beça 21 April 1939 3 December 1941
15 Jakov Milaj 12 February 1943 28 April 1943
16 Ago Agaj 5 November 1943 16 June 1944
17 Musa Gjylbegu 18 July 1944 28 August 1944
18 Gaqo Tashko 22 October 1944 5 July 1950
19 Iljaz Reka 5 July 1950 6 September 1951
20 Hysni Kapo 6 September 1951 20 July 1954
21 Maqo Çomo 20 July 1954 11 January 1960
22 Peti Shamblli 11 January 1960 28 December 1965
23 Pirro Dodbiba 28 December 1965 25 April 1975
24 Themije Thomai 25 April 1975 2 February 1989
25 Pali Miska 2 February 1989 22 January 1991
26 Ahmet Osja 22 February 1991 5 May 1991
27 Nexhmedin Numani 5 May 1991 30 June 1991
28 Zyhdi Pepa 30 June 1991 10 April 1992
29 Rexhep Uka 10 April 1992 10 April 1993
30 Petrit Kalakulla 10 April 1993 28 August 1993
31 Hasan Halili 28 August 1993 15 July 1996
32 Bamir Topi 15 July 1996 9 March 1997
33 Haxhi Aliko 9 March 1997 20 July 1997
34 Lufter Xhuveli 20 July 1997 7 September 2001
35 Agron Duka 7 September 2001 1 September 2005
36 Jemin Gjana 1 September 2005 1 September 2009
37 Genc Ruli 2 September 2009 1 September 2013
38 Edmond Panariti 15 September 2013 11 September 2017
39 Niko Peleshi 13 September 2017 17 January 2019
40 Bledi Çuçi 17 January 2019 Incumbent

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Albanian Ministry of Agriculture. "History of the Ministry". Archived from the original on 2011-07-06.
  2. ^ Official Website of the Albanian Ministry of Agriculture Archived 2011-03-08 at the Wayback Machine