Apricot exports to total 600 tons in 2014 against 23,800 last year - minister
YEREVAN, July 8. / ARKA /. Armenia will export a total of 500-600 tons of apricots this year as compared to 23,800 tons last year, the country’s minister of agriculture Sergo Karapetyan said.
Most of apricot crops suffered from the end of March frost and snow, he told ARKA.
As of today, apricot exports totaled 250 tons.
Karapetyan did not agree the hail damaged the crops substantially and said agriculture growth is, for the first time, 5.5% in the first 5 months, compared to the same period of 2013.
Some 220-250 communities suffer from hail every year, but it has no substantial impact on agriculture, the minister said.
The ministry of agriculture projections says apricots crops will total 8,000 tons only, compared to 88,800 last year. –0--