UN and Red Cross Experts to Evaluate Drought Damage

YEREVAN (Armenpress)–A senior official of the Armenian agricultural ministry told Armenpress that experts of the UN and the International Committee of the Red Cross are expected to arrive in Armenia’soon in order to evaluate the size of damages to Armenian agriculture caused as a result of the recent two month drought.

Alfred Khachatrian–a department chief at the ministry–told that a total of $40 million worth damages were caused to agriculture–but international experts think this amount is somewhat exaggerated.

Earlier the Armenian agriculture minister Zaven Gevorgian appealed to the World Bank and other international lending organizations asking financial assistance–but so far no reaction has followed. If the international organizations refuse to provide Armenia with humanitarian aid–the social situation is likely to rise–however–no famine threatens the republic because nearly 70% of corn is imported into the country. Some problems may arise in cattle-breeding due to the absence of fodder crops.


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