TIRANA, Jan. 31 (Xinhua) -- Albania saw a significant increase in the export of fruits and vegetables in 2016, the Albanian Institute of Statistics (INSTAT) said on Tuesday.
Revenues from fruit and vegetable exports reached 7.9 billion leks (61.5 million U.S. dollars) in 2016, an increase of 4,000 percent from 2007, according to official data.
The result was attributable to an increase in farmland and policies implemented in the last 10 years, INSTAT experts said.
Albania's agricultural sector contributes 41 percent of the country's employment and 22 percent of its GDP, according to Eurostat data for 2015.
However, the country imported 8.3 billion leks (65.3 million dollars) of fruits and vegetables in 2016, more than it exported, according to data on foreign trade.