Agriculture, Agroindustry


Farmers Movement is against closure of ministry of agriculture
/Mar 1/ARKA/

YEREVAN – Sarkis Sedrakyan, the head of the Farmers Movement NGO, accused today government officials of being indifferent to agricultural problems, raised by farmers during meetings with government representatives.
Speaking at a news conference Sedrakyan recalled that when Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan visited the Ararat region, local farmers asked for help to fight potato moths that cause huge damage to vegetable crops. However, this problem was not resolved.
He said farmers are still unaware whether the government is going to help them this year by subsidizing the prices of fuel, seeds and fertilizers. In his words, if previous regional governors and other officials were corrupt; the current ones are incompetent.
According to him, agriculture in Armenia has all the possibilities for development, but to ensure it, the agriculture must be handled by professionals. According to Sedrakyan, the proposed closure of the Ministry of Agriculture is wrong.
According to Armenian media stories, under a government plan of restructuring the government, the Ministry of Agriculture is to be merged with the Ministry of Economy.
“All the countries have the Ministry of Agriculture, because it ensures not only the food security of a nation, but also the production of food,” he said.
He said according to official data, 1/3 of the arable land is not cultivated, but in fact, more than half of the arable land is not used.

Armenian exports of wine drop by 10.3% in 2018

YEREVAN – Armenia’s wine export decreased by 10.3% in 2018 to 2.5 million liters, according to the Customs Service of the country. It said the customs value of the exported Armenian wine in 2018 was $9.4 million, down from $10.8 million in 2017.  The bulk of export, about 79.6% or almost 2 million liters, went to Russia. It was 14% less than in 2017.
Export of ethyl alcohol with strength below 80% (brandy) decreased by 3.5% from 25.5 million liters (the customs value $207.3 million) to 24.6 million liters ($198.3 million).
According to the National Statistics Committee, brandy production in Armenia in 2018 increased by 2.5% to over 30.7 million liters, and wine production increased by 0.3% to about 8.9 million liters.