YEREVAN, April 14. / ARKA /. Armenia’s cheese export last year amounted to 1,514 tons, and cheese imports stood at 1,200 tons, Ashot Hovhanesian, head of veterinary service of the ministry of agriculture, told a news conference today.
He said it was the first time that cheese exports exceed imports by 300 tons. He also said last year’s export figure represented a fourfold growth from 2011.
"In 2011 Armenia sold abroad 403 tons, in 2012 that number grew to 907 tons, and in 2013 we had it grow to 1,514 tons" , he said.
Some 25 varieties of cheese are produced in the country. Some of them, like "Lori ", " Chanakh", " Motal ", " Chechil a" and " Yeghegnadzor " are native Armenian varieties.
According to the data of the Armenian State Revenue Committee, exports of cheese and curd in 2013 amounted to 1,541 tons, up from 904.6 tons in 2012. The bulk was exported to Russia and Georgia.
According to the same data, imports of cheese and cottage cheese last year amounted to 1,243 tons, up from 1,056 tons in 2012. The bulk was imported from New Zealand, Germany and Russia. -0-