YEREVAN, August 22. /ARKA/. Armenia harvested 12,000 tons of apricots this year, Agriculture Minister Sergo Karapetyan said Friday at a news conference.
“This year’s apricot crop is definitely smaller than that of the previous year, but I think it will total 12,000 tons,” he said.
According to the agriculture ministry, the country’s apricot crop totaled 88,800 tons in 2013.
Karapetyan said referring to preliminary figures that 1792 tons of apricots were exported this year and 160 tons were sold to canneries.
He said excessive supply of apricots was seen at markets in 2013, while this year apricots were sufficient, but prices were high.
The agriculture ministry says 23,800 tons of apricots were exported from Armenia in 2013.
On March 30, a heavy snowfall badly damaged the country’s agriculture, particularly 80-90% of apricot crop. --0---