YEREVAN, March 5. /ARKA/. Armenia has exported 7,500 tons of fresh fruits and vegetables over the first two months of this year – three times more than the country exported for the same period a year earlier, Robert Makaryan, deputy agriculture minister, told journalists on Wednesday.
Answering ARKA News Agency's question, he said that Russia, Georgia, Iraq and the United Arab Emirates are the biggest importers of Armenian fresh fruits and vegetables.
The deputy minister said that Armenia's fresh fruit and vegetable exports totaled 64,500 tons in 2013 – two times more than in 2012.
In his words, the ministry is now gathering information about the volumes of fresh vegetables and fruits the country's canneries want to purchase this year. He said final figures will be known on March 20.
According to the Armenian agriculture ministry, apricot exports showed the highest growth among all varieties of fresh fruits (23,000 tons in 2013 against 12,000 in 2012). Armenia also exported 6,800 tons of grapes, 980 tons of peaches, 633 tons of apples, 610 tons of berries and 27,000 tons of vegetables, of which 20,500 tons were potatoes..-0----