YEREVAN, September 26. / ARKA /. About 55% of chicken meat consumed in Armenia is imported, agriculture minister Sergo Karapetian said Wednesday during a debate in the parliament over the government’s report on its 2011 budget execution.
"Prior to 2010 this industry saw a recession, as in 2010 the fowls were removed from the list of animals subject to mandatory vaccination, as a result we lost about 30% of fowl population," he said.
According to the minister, in 2010 there was also a shortage of eggs, "but, to date we produce enough eggs to meet domestic needs."
Karapetian said the ministry will submit to government’s approval a program for the development of poultry. According to the ministry of agriculture, Armenia annually produces about 120-130 thousand tons of meat, and imports also about 54,000 tons, most of which is chicken meat.
According to the National Statistical Service, livestock production in July 2012 was about 19.3 billion drams, having increased by 3.2% compared to July 2011. -0-