Farmers Movement is against closure of ministry of agriculture

ARKA, Armenia
March 1 2019

YEREVAN, March 1. /ARKA/. 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. -0-

Farmers Movement is against closure of ministry of agriculture

ARKA, Armenia
March 1 2019

YEREVAN, March 1. /ARKA/. 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. -0-

Owners of restaurants in Yerevan shocked with huge bills for garbage removal service

ARKA, Armenia
March 1 2019

YEREVAN, March 1. /ARKA/. Restaurants in Yerevan have received huge bills for garbage removal in January, Zhamanak reports. According to the media source, owners of catering facilities in Armenia’s capital city are shocked with the received bills, which have tripled in January, compared with December. 

The entrepreneurs asked explanations from the city authorities. They were told that the city council has decided to increase the duty for garbage removal services. 

Zhamanak reports that the size of the population’s payment for the garbage removal service will be increased as well on July 1. -0—

Farmers Movement is against closure of ministry of agriculture

ARKA, Armenia
March 1 2019

YEREVAN, March 1. /ARKA/. 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. -0-

Owners of restaurants in Yerevan shocked with huge bills for garbage removal service

ARKA, Armenia
March 1 2019

YEREVAN, March 1. /ARKA/. Restaurants in Yerevan have received huge bills for garbage removal in January, Zhamanak reports. According to the media source, owners of catering facilities in Armenia’s capital city are shocked with the received bills, which have tripled in January, compared with December. 

The entrepreneurs asked explanations from the city authorities. They were told that the city council has decided to increase the duty for garbage removal services. 

Zhamanak reports that the size of the population’s payment for the garbage removal service will be increased as well on July 1. -0—

Owners of restaurants in Yerevan shocked with huge bills for garbage removal service

ARKA, Armenia
March 1 2019

YEREVAN, March 1. /ARKA/. Restaurants in Yerevan have received huge bills for garbage removal in January, Zhamanak reports. According to the media source, owners of catering facilities in Armenia’s capital city are shocked with the received bills, which have tripled in January, compared with December. 

The entrepreneurs asked explanations from the city authorities. They were told that the city council has decided to increase the duty for garbage removal services. 

Zhamanak reports that the size of the population’s payment for the garbage removal service will be increased as well on July 1. -0—

Armenian government decides not to take AMD 615.2 million from High-Voltage Electric Networks as dividends

ARKA, Armenia
March 1 2019

YEREVAN, March 1. /ARKA/. The Armenian government decided Thursday at its regular meeting not to take the AMD 615.2 million ($1.3 million) it has received from the High-Voltage Electric Networks CJSC as dividends. 

The thing is that the government intends to increase the company’s authorized capital by increasing the nominal cost of the shares. 

These dividends were to be paid from the profits received from the construction of the 3rd 400-kV Iran-Armenia electric line. –0— 

Armenian government decides not to take AMD 615.2 million from High-Voltage Electric Networks as dividends

ARKA, Armenia
March 1 2019

YEREVAN, March 1. /ARKA/. The Armenian government decided Thursday at its regular meeting not to take the AMD 615.2 million ($1.3 million) it has received from the High-Voltage Electric Networks CJSC as dividends. 

The thing is that the government intends to increase the company’s authorized capital by increasing the nominal cost of the shares. 

These dividends were to be paid from the profits received from the construction of the 3rd 400-kV Iran-Armenia electric line. –0— 

Chairman Hastings Commemorates Anniversary of Sumgait Pogrom

Over 60% of Armenians Believe Russia Serves as Guarantor of Peace in Country – Reports

Sputnik News Service
Thursday 6:16 PM UTC
Over 60% of Armenians Believe Russia Serves as Guarantor of Peace in Country – Reports
 
 
YEREVAN, February 28 (Sputnik) – Just over 60 percent of Armenian citizens believe that military and political cooperation with Russia guarantees national security, Sputnik Armenia reported on Thursday, citing the results of a poll conducted by local public organization Glas Naroda (People's Voice).
 
While a total of 61 percent of respondents said that Russia should remain Armenia's key partner, 13 percent said that it was NATO that could be a guarantor of their country's security.
 
In addition, 65 percent of those surveyed voiced the belief that the Russian military base located in the northwestern Armenian city of Gyumri contributed to stability in Armenia and across the region. However, 58 percent of respondents said the protests in which locals call for the base to close were provocative in nature, and 30 percent claimed that these protests did not reflect the opinion of the Armenian people.
 
Almost 90 percent of respondents said that Azerbaijan and Turkey were constantly putting Armenia under threat.
 
The poll was conducted among 1,200 professors and students from Armenian universities in February. The margin of error is around 1-2 percent.