YEREVAN, May 30. / ARKA /. About 40% of Armenia’s employed population is involved in agriculture, agriculture minister Sergo Karapetyan said today. He added that in rural areas the figure is about 80 %.
Speaking at a workshop in Yerevan titled From Stability to Development, he said the share of agriculture in the overall GDP is more than 20 %; together with agro-processing products it constitutes 25%.
According to the National Statistical Service, the agricultural GDP in January- March 2014 amounted to about 68.5 billion drams in current prices, an increase of 5.2 percent from the same time span of 2013.
The minister said also that one of the most important problems of the agriculture today is to ensure a decent standard of living for rural population in order to keep young people from emigrating to other countries in search of work . He also noted that at the moment Armenia has about 340,000 farming households.
According to the National Statistical Service, the number of economically active population in 2013 was about 1.384 million, of whom 1.164 million were employed and 224,600 were unemployed. ($ 1 - 413.37 drams). -0-