Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (MAP) sector is one of the most important agri-food subsectors in terms of income for rural households in mountainous areas and one of the subsectors where Albania has been traditionally competitive in world markets. Thereby, this sector has received growing attention from the government and donor community. This paper aims at analyzing the MAPs sector, with special focus on governmental support policies. The study describes support policies related to MAPs, based on secondary information including data retrieved from the database of the Agricultural and Rural Development Agency. In addition, the paper provides insight from farmers prospective regarding support policies based on a structured farm survey which was subject to descriptive statistical analysis.
Keywords: Aromatic plants, subsidies, policies, rural economy, market.