Agriculture, Agroindustry


Armenian government to launch pilot agricultural insurance program
/Feb 12/ARKA/

YEREVAN – The government is launching this year a pilot agricultural insurance program, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said today in the parliament. 
According to him, the pilot project will be implemented in two provinces – Ararat and Armavir to embrace damages caused to vineyards and fruit orchards by hailstorms, fires and frosts. 
Pashinyan said based on the outcome of the pilot program the government will determine its effectiveness and the possibility of extending agricultural insurance to other regions and areas. He said in case of positive outcome the situation in agriculture would change towards better.
Earlier it was planned that the pilot agricultural insurance project with a total budget of 10 million euros would be started in March 2019. It was proposed to be implemented, apart Ararat and Armavir, also in the province of Shirak, where the program was to embrace damage caused to potato and grain fields.
Five million euros were to come from the German KfW bank as a grant and the other five million were to be provided by the Armenian government. 
By the end of last year, the government was to set up the National Agency for Risk Assessment and Management to correctly assess the risks. Damage caused to crops in Armenia amounted to 6 billion drams in 2018, down from 12 billion drams in 2016 and 33 billion drams in 2016.

Pashinyan urges farmers to rely on export
/Feb 13/

YEREVAN – It is necessary to rely on export in the agriculture sector, Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan said during the parliamentary debate of the government’s Action Plan, reports Armenpress.

“We need to rely on export in the agriculture sector. If we do not put cattle breeding in direct contact with export, we will face a problem. When the supply for pork meat increases, prices fall in the market, and people cannot earn the money spent by the sale of pork, and everyone goes bankrupt”, the PM said.

Pashinyan said here one should see which export of goods is beneficial in the foreign market.

“Sheep breeding is very competitive. Today in order to export sheep meat, sheep is imported to Armenia from Russia. Our task is to boost export. The companies engaged in export will start asking the farmers to sell their products. On the other hand, for the micro-business we provide loans to farmers in order to breed sheep and gain profit”, the PM noted.

Iran ready to import 50,000 sheep from Armenia a month
/Feb 15/ARKA/

YEREVAN – Armenia has a huge potential for the export of sheep, Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said at a government meeting on Friday. According to him, the government has been discussing this issue with the private sector since last year.
"There is a huge demand for Armenian lamb and mutton outside the country, but our sheep breeders are unable to  meet it and have to import mutton from third countries in order to re-export it," said Pashinyan.
According to Aram Gharibyan, an advisor to Prime Minister, Iran is ready to import 50,000 sheep a month from Armenia and pay 2,800-2,900 drams per kilogram of lamb meat.
He said there are about 700,000 sheep in Armenia, which implies 500 thousand potential lambs. ‘Considering the expansion of production by some farmers, I think it will be possible to ensure domestic production for several years," said Gharibyan.
He said increased lending to sheep breeders at profitable terms will encourage farmers to breed more sheep.

Armenian businessman will build meat processing plant in Moscow
/Feb 16/Agriculture Monitor Worldwide/

Elitgroup will build a large industrial complex in Moscow. The investment contract was signed by the Mayor of the Russian capital Sergey Sobyanin and the owner of the company, Armenian businessman Kamo Avagumyan at the Russian Investment Forum in Sochi.

The company has been given a land plot of more than 3.1 hectares in the Western Administrative District. In December 2018, the project was given the status of an investment priority project, Moskva24 reports.

Initial investment in the project is estimated at 1.2 billion rubles (approx. $18 million). Construction will be completed by the end of 2022. The complex will cover an area of 28 thousand square meters, while the production will create more than 450 jobs.

The enterprise will specialize in the production of semi-finished meat products. Production must comply with the most stringent environmental requirements, including the installation of modern sewage treatment plants. 2019 Global Data Point.