Dramatic Decline In Armenia’s Agriculture, Premier Says

DRAMATIC DECLINE IN ARMENIA’S AGRICULTURE, PREMIER SAYS

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Sept 10 2010
Armenia

A dramatic decline in Armenia’s agricultural sector had a negative
impact on all the macroeconomic indicators in the country, RA Prime
Minister Tigran Sargsyan told reporters, speaking of this year’s
agricultural decline.

The climate caused problems in the agricultural sector, he said. The
Premier pointed out reforms implemented in the agricultural sector,
particularly the first seed-growing program. Despite the embargo on
seed export in Russia, Armenia will import 1,000 tons of high-quality
seeds this week.

“We plan to reach this level within the next five years – produce up
to 30,000 tons of top-quality elite seeds here. Dozens of seed-growing
farms will be involved in the program, and we hope that the problem
will be resolved within five years,” Premier Sargsyan said.

Another aspect of agricultural reforms is an organic fertilizer
production program, which will make Armenia less dependent on imported
fertilizers. Armenian fertilizers will be cheaper. The cattle stock
is being increased – calves are imported to Armenia. With the WB’s
assistance regional consulting centers have been formed for farmers.

The irrigation and drinking water supply systems are modernized in
Armenia. Premier Sargsyan underlined the importance of comprehensive
rural development and creation of jobs in the regions for harmonious
regional development.

From: A. Papazian

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