Armenian Crop Production Declines

YEREVAN (Respublica Armenia)–During the seventh session of Armenia’s Academy of Agriculture–Wednesday–Minister of Agriculture Vladimir Movsisian presented a report about the current agricultural situation.

Movsisian stated that even though crop production is declining–more land was allocated for grain–vegetable and potato production.

The average size of a farm in Armenia is about 1.3 hectares. The loans being allocated for agriculture are not sufficient to further its development. Only $850,000 was allocated last year but it is expected that up to $4 million will be allocated in the near future.

Movsisian expects an increase in the buying price of wheat–which–to some extent–will improve the situation for farmers. It is also planned to increase the size of the grape producing farms by 21,000 hectares which will increase grape production to approximately 220,000 tons.

Movsisian also reported that the government is expected to pass the draft program for agricultural development.

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