Government Establishes Special Commission to Aid Farmers

YEREVAN (Armenpress)–A special commission tasked with helping farmers harvest, process and export their agricultural goods was established on Tuesday by Armenia’s Prime Minister.

The inter-agency commission, which held its inaugural session on Tuesday, will be chaired by the newly appointed Agricultural Minister Aramais Grigorian. It will be composed of experts from the agricultural, territorial, transport and communications and economy ministries. It will also include experts from other government agencies, such as police and customs.

According to Grigorian, the government considers the prosperity of Armenia’s farmers as a top priority, which is why the special commission will work at the highest levels of government to address their major challenges.

He said about 700 tons of apricot and 42.5 tons of cherries have already been exported this year.

Grigorian also explained the Agriculture Ministry will work with the commission to ensure that farmers do not face hurdles when trying selling their goods in foreign and domestic markets.

The ministry is establishing a hot line for farmers to register their complaints, Grigorian said, noting that every complaint forwarded to the ministry will be responded to in a quick and timely fashion.

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