Albania - The End of an Era
Milot market. This is the main cattle and vegetable market in the north of the country.
Agriculture in Albania is the economy’s traditional mainstay. Agriculture generated a third of the country’s net material product and employed more than half the work force in 1990. Domestic farm products accounted for 63 percent of household expenditures and 25 percent of exports in that year. By the early 1990s, the country’s farms were no longer supplying adequate amounts of food to urban areas. The regime responded by stimulating agricultural production through a program of land privatization and free-market measures. Faced with dire food shortages, the regime in 1990 attempted to reform the agricultural system by lifting a 200 square meter limitation on the size of the personal plots of collective farm members.