HAAF: New milk-collection center will benefit 8 villages in Tavush

Hayastan All-Armenian Fund
Governmental Buiding 3, Yerevan, RA
Contact: Hasmik Grigoryan
Tel: +(3741) 56 01 06 ext. 105
Fax: +(3741) 52 15 05
E-mail: [email protected]

12 October, 2009

New milk-collection center will benefit eight villages in Tavush

Yerevan, October 12, 2009 – The Hayastan All-Armenian Fund is currently
building a milk-collection center in Armenia’s Tavush Region, aiming to
significantly boost the local dairy industry. The facility, which will be
established in the village of Azatamut, is intended to service seven
neighboring communities as well, including Khashtarak, Lusahovit, Lusadzor,
Ditavan, Aknaghbyur, Aygehovit, and Achajur. The project is sponsored by the
Armenia Fund U.S. Western Region, with funding from the Armenian community
of San Francisco.
The initiative will be implemented in collaboration with the Ashtarak Milk
company, which will assist local milk producers in the collection, storage,
and distribution of their products. The Hayastan All-Armenian Fund will
provide all necessary equipment for the milk-collection center as well as a
truck for the collection process. In addition, the fund will give local
producers technical assistance to improve animal-husbandry practices and
enhance livestock quality. The project will result in a highly streamlined
and efficient manufacturing and distribution system as well as superior
product quality.
"Our goal is to lend a helping hand to the villagers by enabling them to
sell their products and secure revenues," said Ara Vardanyan, executive
director of the Hayastan All-Armenian Fund. "No less important is the fact
that close to ten jobs will be created through the creation of the
milk-collection center. We have every reason to believe that this project
will be a great success, especially given our collaboration with an
experienced and dedicated partner, the Ashtarak Milk company."
Commenting on the urgency of the project, Azatamut mayor Zhora Martirosyan
said that currently crop growers and animal farmers in Tavush barely make
ends meet since they lack proper mechanisms to sell their products outside
their communities. "The existence of a milk-collection center will go a long
way in improving the lives of our residents," Martirosyan added.

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Hayastan All Armenian Fund


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