Agriculture, Agroindustry


Number of companies use drinking water for production purposes in Armenia.
/Oct 17/ Arminfo/Alexander Avanesov/

The Committee of Water Management of Armenia, together with the Commission for the Regulation of Public Services (PSRC), until November 1 of this year, monitors the actual volumes of water supply to small wholesale consumers. This is stated in the message of the RA Water Management Committee.

This measure, according to the source, is necessary to study the feasibility of the tariff for water used. Representatives of public organizations engaged in consumer rights protection also take part in the monitoring. As part of the event, it is planned to examine 2,700 water intake networks, of which 1,500 are in Yerevan. According to preliminary data, over 100 different violations have already been recorded in the capital of Armenia alone, which need to be discussed and investigated together with the company “Veolia Djur”. Research continues in areas whose results will be summarized at the end of October. As a result of the research, companies that use drinking (chlorine) water for production purposes were also identified, but they are not subscribers of the Veolia Djur company and do not have relevant contracts, that is, de facto they do not use drinking water. As an example, the source cites a wine and brandy factory in the village of Voskevaz of Aragatsotn region. Moreover, the plant was built on the 4 water networks adopted by the Veolia Djur company for rental use, the largest of which, Ghazaravan, 500 mm in diameter, supplies Echmiadzin residents with drinking water. This fact creates favorable conditions for the illegal use of drinking water by the plant. And this is in conditions under which the provision of land for this kind of production space is unacceptable. In 2017-2018 and Veolia Djur, and the regulator and the water management committee repeatedly attempted to involve the plant in the legal field, turning it into a subscriber, but the latter refuses to accept the fact of using drinking water, prohibiting representatives of all organizations from entering the territory of the enterprise. On the eve, three representatives of various structures again tried to enter the factory, but the security service expelled them, and no one management of the company contacted the guests.

Armenia to supply 1 million bottles of pomegranate wine to China
/Oct 20/Arminfo/Alexander Avanesov/

Armenia will supply 1 million bottles of pomegranate wine to China. The memorandum of supply was concluded on the eve of the executive director of the Fund for the Development of Viticulture and Wine of Armenia Zaruhi Muradyan and the Secretary General of the Commission of the organizer of the International Association of China Yong en Shun.

According to the Fund, the Chinese market for Armenian winemakers has always been interesting and targeted, and the signed memorandum opens up new opportunities for the growth of production and exports. “Armenian winemaking was first introduced to the Chinese market in 2017, when winemakers of the country presented their products at the international exhibition ProWine China 2017, as a result of which several export agreements were signed. Now we are entering the Chinese market with our own fruit, pomegranate wines, which in the near future will allow Chinese consumers to present the entire range of Armenian products, “said Zaruhi Muradyan, head of the Viticulture and Wine Union of the Republic of Armenia.

The Chinese delegation was invited to Armenia, accompanied by it and took part in the signing ceremony of the memorandum, RA Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China Hrant Abajyan.

The Chinese side also stressed the importance of the signed document, noting that the memorandum is only the beginning for further full-scale cooperation. “We are ready to assist Armenian producers in raising awareness and representation of Armenian wine in the Chinese market. With this memorandum we want to lay the foundation for the supply to China of 1 million bottles of pomegranate wine, but this is only the beginning. I am sure that cooperation will be expanded, and this memorandum also will provide an opportunity to further increase both the volume of deliveries of Armenian wines to China, and their assortment, “said Yong an Shun.

According to the data of the National Statistical Committee of Armenia, in 2017 brandy production in Armenia increased by 39.4% compared with 2016. During the reporting period, 30 million liters of cognac were produced against 21.5 million in 2016. Wine production also increased by 30%, champagne by 10% and beer by 21%, in 2017, 8.8 million liters were produced, 20.4 million liters and 863.800 liters, respectively. Vodka production decreased by about 12%, liquor – by 40%, and whiskey – by 28%.