YEREVAN, April 29. / ARKA/. The amount of damage caused to Armenia’s agriculture by an unprecedented spring snowstorm in the last two days of March that was accompanied by freezing temperatures throughout the country will be announced in early May, the ministry of agriculture said today.
The brunt of the unusually cold weather bore the farmers in fruit-growing areas south and west of Yerevan. Its consequences were particularly palpable in Armavir province where the frost killed about 80% of apricot crop. According to preliminary estimates, the cold weather has caused $25 million worth damage.
The ministry said today the preliminary figures will be announced at a news conference after May holidays.
A few days ago a deputy minister of agriculture, Garnik Petrosyan told a local daily "Haykakan Zhamanak" (Armenian Time ) that the amount of damage would be announced on April 28.
On April 10 the government allowed the ministry of agriculture to spend 85 million drams to buy seeds and distribute them to frost-affected farms. ($1 – 412.80 drams). -0-