About the Agency
State Enterprise Lithuanian Agricultural and Food Market Regulation Agency (or the Market Regulation Agency) was established in 1998 to administer Lithuanian agricultural and food market regulation and export promotion measures.
In its first year, the Market Regulation Agency purchased surplus of Lithuanian cereals (wheat, barely, rye), beef meat, sweet cream butter, skimmed milk powder, canned milk and beef. Purchased agricultural and food products were sold on the domestic and foreign markets. Activity of the Agency enabled significantly soften negative impact of Russian economic crisis of 1998 to Lithuanian producers of agricultural and food products.
In 2001, separate structural unit of the Agency was established to promote export of Lithuanian agricultural and food products.
Since the accession to the European Union in 2004, the scope of activity of the Market Regulation Agency has became broader. The Agency is responsible for payment authorization of European Agricultural Guarantee Fund expenditures for agricultural market intervention and aid schemes.
Since 2008, the Market Regulation Agency administers sugar quota system of Lithuania.
In export promotion, the Market Regulation Agency helps Lithuanian exporters to take part in international exhibitions, trade fairs and trade missions, hosts the specialized Internet project VIRTUAL FAIR (www.litfood-fair.com), collects, analyses and distributes information on potential markets, prepares and distributes marketing material. The Agency participates in promotion of cultural heritage, superior quality agricultural products and foodstuffs and is administrator of national food industry technology platform.
Aid and Purchases
State Enterprise Lithuanian Agricultural and Food Market Regulation Agency is responsible for administration of the following schemes of the European Common Market Organization in Lithuania:
- intervention purchases of cereals,
- intervention purchases of sweet cream butter,
- intervention purchases of skimmed milk powder,
- intervention purchases of beef meat,
- intervention purchases of sugar,
- private storage of sweet cream butter,
- private storage of hard cheese,
- private storage of sugar,
- private storage of beef meat,
- private storage of pig meat,
- private storage of sheep and goat meat,
- aid for consumption of milk and milk products in educational establishments,
- supply of food from intervention stocks for the benefit of the most deprived persons in the Community,
- measures to provide information on, and to promote, agricultural products in third the countries,
- information and promotion actions for agricultural products on the internal market,
- sugar quota system,
- production refund on certain sugar products used in the industry,
- production refunds in the cereals and rice sectors respectively (using starch),
- school fruits scheme,
- measures to promote trade of wine in third the countries,
- production refund for skimmed milk used in casein and caseinates,
- control of casein and caseinates in production of cheeses,
- production refund for skimmed milk powder used for animal feed,
- denaturing of sugar for animal feed,
- withdrawal compensation for fresh fruit and vegetables withdrawn from the market,
- aid scheme for products processed from fruit and vegetables,
- fish withdrawal scheme covering digressive rate financial compensation,
- fish withdrawal scheme covering carry-over aid, fish withdrawal schemes covering flat rate aid and flat rate premium.
Not all of the schemes are actively applied in Lithuania. For more information please contact our managers.
The main purposes of Export promotion and information department:
- to improve Lithuanian agricultural and food products sales balance
- to promote Lithuanian integration in to the world market
- to promote Lithuanian agricultural and food products export
- to form export strategy of Lithuanian agricultural and food products
- to create good quality image of Lithuanian agricultural and food products
- to seek and to study new markets for realization of agricultural and food products
- to promote the consumption of Lithuanian agricultural and food products in domestic and foreign markets
- to popularize national heritage products
- to promote the production of agricultural and food products of exclusive quality, to popularize the sign of agricultural and food products of exclusive quality, to process and propagate the information about agricultural and food products of exclusive quality
The main activities of Export promotion and information department:
to organize Lithuanian exporters participation in international exhibitions, fairs and missions
- to present Lithuanian agricultural and food industry at the international exhibitions, fairs and trade missions
- to consult Lithuanian food producers about participation in international exhibitions, fairs and trade missions
- to gather and spread information to Lithuanian companies about worldwide agricultural and food industry exhibitions
- to organize meetings with the potential importers of Lithuanian agricultural and food products
- to create a positive image of Lithuanian agricultural and food products
- to administrate a data base of records of the interested in Lithuanian agricultural and food products
- to give an information to the interested about the Lithuanian food producers and their products
- to organize preparation and publication of Lithuanian food exporters catalogue
- to organize seminars on purpose to raise Lithuanian companies‘ employees competence in export promotion
- to cooperate with Lithuanian and other state‘s associations, Embassies, consular departments and other organizations, that activity is the export promotion
- to administer and to develop the web sites „Virtual fair“, „Trade conditions“ and „Food quality“, to gather the information and to publish it in these web sites
- to mould an attractive image of national heritage products in Lithuania and overseas
- to administrate the web site of products of exclusive quality, to organize the seminars about exclusive quality products, to propagate the information about exclusive quality products and to perform other functions concerned with exclusive quality products.
Competitiveness is becoming increasingly important issue due to the changes of Lithuania’s economic situation. Given the fact that one of the most important factors of competitive advantage is the high quality of production, the Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Lithuania calls for Agriculture and Food producers and processors to enter into the National Food Quality scheme and to take advantage of the benefits of participation.
Agency in cooperation with The Ministry of Agriculture popularize national heritage products in Lithuania and overseas. The goal is to retain and disseminate the experience in traditional handicraft, to make it relevant and valued, to allow traditional craftsmen create and realize the products of national heritage.