GOVERNMENT SHOULD TAKE MORE AGGRESSIVE POLICY TO ENSURE ARMENIA’S FOOD SECURITY: ARTUR BAGHDASARYAN
MARCH 27, 2012
YEREVAN, March 27. /ARKA/. The Armenian government should pursue a more
aggressive policy in ensuring food security, Artur Baghdasaryan, the
secretary of the National Security Council, said today in a keynote
speech at the opening of a conference on agricultural development
of Armenia in the context of food security. The conference was
also attended by agriculture minister Sergo Karapetyan, UN Resident
Coordinator in Armenia Dafina Gercheva, head of the Armenian office
of World Bank Jean-Michel Happi.
He said over the last two years the government has shown significant
support to agriculture to ensure the country’s food security and will
deepen this approach. He specified that in this context the government
will implement a number of innovative projects relating to the use
of specific mechanisms for the development of processing enterprises,
building regional infrastructure designed to boost production.
According to him, the food security concept approved and accepted by
the government, will allow to more effectively solve the problems.
In turn, the UN Resident Coordinator in Armenia Dafina Gercheva
underlined the importance of food security, stressing that the
UN intends to continue to assist Armenia in the implementation of
According to her, the assistance in 2012 will embrace advisory and
technical assistance. The UN will continue also to provide assistance
for organization of agricultural cooperatives.
The food security concept was approved in 2011 November. Armenia’s
food self-sufficiency level is about 58%. According to the concept,
it is to grow in 2015 to 77% and to 84% in 2020.
From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress